Volvo Car Corp. claims it’s City Safety low-speed collision-avoidance system can cut rear-end crashes by as much as 50%. Volvo says that City Safety’s optical-radar system is unique and differs from similar systems used in some European and Japanese luxury models. The City Safety’s system is designed to focus on reducing speed as much as possible before an impact. Volvo claims that City Safety will likely prevent collisions at speeds up to 19mph., when the speed difference between the two vehicles is less than 9mph.
The City Safety’s optical radar is located in the upper part of the windshield, at the same height as the rear view mirror. The radar, which emits infrared light that can’t be seen by oncoming drivers, continuously scans traffic in front of the car. It can detect vehicles up to 20 ft. on the road ahead. The system uses an algorithm to activate when a vehicle in front is stopped or moving in the same direction.
Volvo is quick to emphasize that the City Safety system does not absolve the driver from driving with adequate safety margins in order to avoid collisions. The automatic braking function is only activated if the system is able to assess that a collision is imminent. While the system works equally well day or night, it can be limited by fog, mist, snow, or heavy rain. However, if the sensor on the windshield is obscured by dirt or snow, the driver is alerted via the car’s information display.
Volvo wants to make it clear that they believe the City Safety system offers benefits to all involved. For the occupants of the car in front, the risk of whiplash is avoided or reduced. The system can also help reduce or eliminate the cost of repairs to both vehicles. Volvo claims that City Safety is great news for the consumer and that it plans to offer the system in all of its markets.
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