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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 webdawg77 on 5/7/2010 4:22:14 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I didn't imply "blame the car". I meant good thing Volvo is testing this so there cannot be a "pass the buck" situation with the software during a crash.

I agree that in the end people should not be reliant on technology to prevent something that could be easily avoided.

RE: Wow great to see some honesty
By webdawg77 on 5/7/2010 4:25:06 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm, where's the edit DT (on wishlist for years)?

It's good that Volvo is testing to get things right in the software.

And the majority of accidents today it seems could be avoided by the drivers paying attention to driving instead of the myriad of distractions in the car.

By lightfoot on 5/7/2010 4:38:13 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, my biggest issue was with Jason Mick's statement:
Obviously this tech has a ways to go...

You implicitly seemed to agree. With life saving technology, they do not need to be 100% effective. It simply needs to be better than what currently exists.

Yes, Volvo might be sued if the technology failed, but to prove liability (beyond merely the cost of the optional equipment) you would have to prove that the presence of the technology actually made the crash worse than would have otherwise occured.

"We’re Apple. We don’t wear suits. We don’t even own suits." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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