One more step towards driving safety from Volvo

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    Volvo has developed a circular surveillance system for cars, which uses special sensors to collect data on road users outside the driver's field of vision and analyze them. The analysis is to predict the possible actions of pedestrians, cyclists and cars. If necessary, the driver receives a notification, if he does not respond to it, the system takes the initiative into its own hands. The technology is called Non-Hit Car and Truck, its commercial use may begin in 5-10 years.
    Video with an example of the system.

    Volvo previously set itself the goal of reducing accident rates involving its cars. Now they are setting themselves even more ambitious plans: by 2020, to launch production of vehicles under the wheels of which not a single person will die and receive serious injuries.

    Updated. Excerpt from the official Volvo Trucks press release .
    Hope this excerpt resolves some of the debate in the comments. The most important places are highlighted in bold.

    Virtual driver-partner

    The main element of this technology is a digital platform synthesizing incoming data from video cameras, radars and other sensors located around the perimeter of the car. It allows the car every 25 milliseconds to scan everything that happens around it, with a 360-degree view. All incoming data is interpreted, situations representing risk are analyzed, and various options for the movement of the car are generated. Through the combination of several sensor systems, the technology is able to recognize various road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and other vehicles. It can determine both the distance to them and the direction of their movement.
    “This technology is capable of predicting scenarios of the development of the situation on the road, depending on the speed of movement of objects, 5 seconds ahead and make the most optimal plan of action,” says Mansur Keshavarts, a systems engineer at Volvo Trucks, who was involved in the work on this technology. - This technology largely works as a driver-partner , but one that can see everything that happens around the car. She also warns the driver about what is happening, for example, with an alarm or by applying braking to prevent a collision so that the driver can react. ”

    Challenges to be Solved

    The technology is not yet ready for use as a sold security system. Compared to similar automation systems for passenger cars, the design of technology for trucks requires overcoming specific difficulties.
    “A truck is a different type of vehicle; it behaves differently on the road than a passenger car. Each truck, for example, has a different distribution of cargo, and its large overall dimensions do not allow such maneuvers as a sharp avoidance to avoid a collision.
    Therefore, it is so important to conduct research and develop technologies designed specifically for trucks, ”says Mansur Keshavarts.
    According to Karl Johan Almqvist, this technology will appear on the market in 5-10 years: “Its main elements are already ready, but we will need to conduct large-scale tests to make sure that the system is reliable. If we manage to cope with open questions, then the future without accidents involving trucks is just around the corner. ”

    Facts about the Non-Hit Car and Truck Project:

    Opened in September 2010 in collaboration with Volvo Car Corporation, ÅF Group of Companies, HiQ, Mecel and Chalmers University of Technology.
    The main objective of the project was to create technologies that would reduce the risk of accidents involving both cars and trucks, with particular attention to situations in which the capabilities of active safety systems are insufficient.
    The completion of the project is scheduled for December 2014, and the research results will allow the development of new active safety systems, the release of which is expected in the packaging of trucks in 5 to 10 years.

    Facts about Volvo Trucks up-to-date active safety systems:

    The collision warning system with emergency braking is an advanced emergency braking system equipped with an early collision warning function to help prevent serious accidents caused by inattention by the driver.
    Lane change warning system - detects vehicles in the dead zone on the passenger side.
    Lane Departure Warning System - tracks the position of the truck relative to the lane. If a truck is displaced or exits the lane, the driver receives a warning signal to be able to regain control of the vehicle and prevent an accident.
    Attention support system - recognizes the driver’s state of fatigue and recommends that he take a break.

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