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Ouch! Volvo's test car crashed into a truck during the demonstration.  (Source: YouTube)

An unblemished Volvo S60
Volvo gets egg on its face with Collision Warning System Demo

It's no secret that computers and advanced electronics are seemingly taking over many functions in today's vehicles. Volvo was happy to show off its latest technological advancements this week in Sweden and invited a score of journalists to watch the demonstration.

What Volvo didn't count on, however, was that the demonstration would be a failure.

Volvo was supposed to demonstrate how the its new S60 near-luxury sedan would avoid a stopped or slower moving obstacle in the direct path of the vehicle. Volvo's Collision Warning System is similar to other systems found in more expensive Lexus and Mercedes models.

Unfortunately for Volvo, the test went horribly wrong. After being hurtled down the test track at 30 mph towards a stopped truck, the Collision Warning System failed to function properly. So instead of applying the brakes to stop the vehicle from hitting the obstacle, the S60 instead kept going full speed ahead right into the back of the truck.

According to Wired, Volvo claims that the resultant crash was due to human error in prepping the vehicle.

However, it wasn't a total loss with regards to the failed braking test -- the passenger compartment of the S60 was left untouched and the windshield didn't even crack from the 30 mph collision -- so at least Volvo's reputation of building strong safety cages is still intact.

You can watch video of the failed demonstration here.

The all-new S60 will launch here in North America this fall and will be made available with a 300 hp / 325 lb-ft, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine.


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RE: Wow great to see some honesty
By tedrodai on 5/7/2010 3:00:06 PM , Rating: 5
I tend to agree with you about the demo problem. However, if I were a gambling man, I'd bet my worldly possessions that we won't solve the problem of auto collisions in 20 years. Anything considered fool-proof just hasn't met the right fool.

RE: Wow great to see some honesty
By Motoman on 5/7/2010 3:27:49 PM , Rating: 2
...and we have a limitless supply of fools. And they all seem to have driver's licenses - for some reason.

RE: Wow great to see some honesty
By jimbojimbo on 5/7/2010 4:34:16 PM , Rating: 3
And reproducing like the government is giving money away for it. Oh wait they are!

RE: Wow great to see some honesty
By ekv on 5/8/2010 3:40:40 AM , Rating: 2
D'oh! 8)

By banvetor on 5/7/2010 5:33:55 PM , Rating: 3
as the saying goes... "God has limited human intelligence, but He has not limited human stupidity."

By icanhascpu on 5/9/2010 4:50:15 PM , Rating: 2
Foolproof. That takes me back. Small story inc..

Back to high school and the large Mac-lab we had. Lots of all in one macs and they all had a security system called "Foolproof" on them.

I was very new to computers (this was the mid 90s), but I wanted to play with them and Foolproof got in the way of that. How did I manage to bypass it? I found out that pressing shift on bootup in the old 7.6 OS days stopped extensions from loading. Foolproof didnt load when I did this so I could do things it would otherwise not let me.

I felt like suck a hacker. lol I told my best friend and anyone that would listen for days how I hacked the computer lab to do my bidding, and felt it highly ironic how idiotically easy it was coupled with the name of the software.

By RevHawkeye on 5/11/2010 6:54:44 AM , Rating: 2
As soon as you make something foolproof, someone will create a better fool. or

Siwiak's Rule:
The only way to make something foolproof is to keep it away from fools.

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard
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