The new safety system is mainly addressed to pedestrians, as it is able to apply full braking power in case it detects a pedestrian in front of the car.
"Factors like traffic behaviour, road conditions and climate must be taken into account in the design of the final system. All told we have collected more than 500,000 kilometres of real-life data. We can also use the information from these traffic tests to conduct advanced computer simulations," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Cars.
"The previous stages were developed to help the driver avoid collisions with other vehicles. Now we are taking a giant step forward with a function that also boosts safety for unprotected road-users. What is more, we are advancing from fifty percent to full automatic braking power," he added.
"To the best of our knowledge, none of our competitors have made such progress in this area," explained Thomas Broberg. "This technology helps us take an important step towards our long-term vision of designing cars that do not crash. Our aim for 2020 is that no-one should be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo."
For a detailed description on how the system works, as well as for photos and a relevant video, check out this link.