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Volvo XC60 test vehicle applies brakes to prevent collision with test dummies  (Source: Drive)
Volvo blames collisions on improperly setup dummies

It was just a few months ago when we brought you the first edition of Volvo's "Technology Fail" with the failure of the company's Collision Warning System. In that test, a Volvo S60 test car was supposed to brake in time to avoid a stationary truck with no driver involvement -- instead, the vehicle ended up rear-ending the truck at 30 mph.

Now, Volvo is serving up a second edition of Technology Fail. This time around, Volvo invited the press to witness its Advanced Pedestrian Avoidance System in action. The system is supposed to detect pedestrians in the direct path of the vehicle and apply the brakes to avoid a collision. A Volvo XC60 test vehicle equipped with the new safety feature was sent down a test track towards two dummies (a father and son pairing). Of the 12 demonstrations performed for the press, three of them failed.

In two of the three incidents witnessed, brakes were applied, but not in time to avoid a collision. In one of the collisions, the brakes were not applied at all.

Almost comically, Jonas Tisell, Volvo's Active Safety Systems manager, told Drive that the three collisions were the dummy's fault. "The failure of the test was due to the dummy not being set up properly, therefore it did not give an echo enough for the system," said Tisell. "So the dummy was not relevant in this situation."

It is a bit puzzling to imagine a dummy standing in the middle of the road -- which is approximately representative of a human being doing the same thing -- could possibly be setup wrong, but we'll give Volvo the benefit of the doubt here.



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RE: Shift of blame from driver to car manufacturer
By GTVic on 9/27/2010 4:02:06 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, I agree, safety systems should not be implemented for many reasons: fear of legal action, fear of bad drivers getting worse, fear of being afraid, etc.

Abolish all seat belts, they encourage reckless driving!


By Schrag4 on 9/27/2010 5:44:37 PM , Rating: 2
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Abolish all seat belts, they encourage reckless driving!


Seat belts don't slam on your brakes, this system does. Nobody is OK with getting in an accident just because they're more likely to survive. That's not the thrust of my concern. My concern is that people will sue when these devices fail, even though the driver is at least partially at fault (with the rest of the blame falling on the pedestrian, perhaps, but NOT the car).

Oh, and maybe YOU won't drive down a pedestrian even if this device fails, but that doesn't mean a lot of people wouldn't falsely put their faith in the system and pay less attention to the road. I think I'd rather this thing ding at you if you're going to hit something, so you still have to make the final decision to brake, and therefore you still have to pay attention. However, the article clearly states that the goal of these is to get people to agree to relinquish control of their machines to computers, which is something I don't think we're anywhere near ready for, and therefore is a bad idea at this point in time. Just my two cents.


By rcc on 9/28/2010 3:35:49 PM , Rating: 2
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Abolish all seat belts, they encourage reckless driving!


True, but not having them encourages reckless exiting of the vehicle. Usually through the windshield


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