Volvo will study the behavior of the kangaroo, to prevent accidents with their participation


Moscow. November 12. Volvo Cars for the first time in the history of the automotive industry develops safety system to detect on the road to kangaroo, which will allow to cope with one of the most often occurring on the roads of Australia’s problems, according to a press release of the concern.

This week the group of experts on safety at Volvo Cars visited Australia. Volvo Cars has studied the behavior of kangaroos near the road bands and made the filming kangaroos in the national reserve Tidbinbilla, which is situated not far from Canberra. According to statistics, Canberra is one of the most dangerous places in Australia, where there are often accidents involving these animals. Data will be used to create a detection system kangaroo in front of the car and avoid collisions with them. In particular, the system uses radar in the grille and a camera to detect the kangaroos on the road and automatic braking, if hitting the animal becomes inevitable.

According to the Australian national road and motor Association (NRMA), each year in Australia there are more than 20 thousand accidents involving kangaroos, the total damage cost insurance companies more than 75 million Australian dollars. These collisions lead to a large number of serious injuries and deaths.

“If Volvo Cars to detect pedestrians in General is designed for safe riding in urban environments, our study of the behavior of kangaroos is focused on situations that arise on the roads, said senior engineer at the Volvo Cars safety Martin Magnusson. Kangaroo is extremely unpredictable animals. Of a collision is hard to avoid, but we are confident that we will be able to Refine our technology – and then she will be able to detect kangaroos and to prevent collisions with them on motorways”.

He added that in Sweden there had already been studies of the behavior of the larger and slower animals than kangaroos, moose, deer, cows.

Detection technology kangaroo is implemented within a long-term strategy of Volvo Cars, according to which by 2020, people will not have to die or get seriously injured in a new Volvo, said the managing Director of Volvo Car Australia, Kevin McCann.

“This technology is not to replace the driver, but to help him to avoid the risk of collision. If the driver is inattentive, the car will warn him or her and then only take the emergency brake, to avoid the risk of collision,” said Magnusson.

Volvo also claim that when an object is detected the computer is 0.05 seconds to react to the situation. For comparison, the human reaction time is approximately 1.2 seconds.