Automobile maker Volvo says they’ve developed a new safety system that detects bicyclists and automatically applies the brakes if the bicyclist veers into the path of the car.
I thought all cars already had such a safety device — it’s called the driver.
If motorists pay attention to the road in front of them, and I know that is a big “if” sometimes, then they can stop their cars if they see a bicyclist veer into their path.
I’d hate to think that motorists would rely on a scanner to watch the road for them while they fiddle around with the radio, CD player, or text on the phone.
The Sweden-based car maker introduced the device at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week.
Called Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake, the system scans the road ahead for cyclists traveling in the direction of the car as it approaches from behind. If it appears a collision is about to take place, the system applies full braking power.
According to a press release:
“The car’s speed has considerable importance for the outcome of an accident. A lower speed of impact means that the risk of serious injury is significantly reduced.”
The system uses a radar in the grill, a camera pointing forward from the rear-view mirror, and a central control unit.
The device is an option on the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70, S80 and the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid. Since this was rolled out in Europe, it may not be available yet in the United States.
If Volvo wants to use its scanner technology, how about a device that scans the car operator’s eyeballs to see where he or she is looking. If the eyes stray from the road, a warning sounds — “Keep your eyes on the damn road!”
The website Copenhagenize.com suggested a speed sensor that renders the car incapable of traveling faster than the posted speed limit.