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
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
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
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.