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Volvo Develops 360-Degree Collision Avoidance Sensor System

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/11/2014 Megan Stewart

Volvo has long been a leader in developing safety technology, and the latest features will help the automaker reach its goal of zero fatal accidents by 2020. The company's new 360-degree view technology helps to locate collision-free escape routes, and will be one of the last safety features developed as part of Volvo’s Non-Hit Car and Truck project. Volvo Non Hit Car and Truck project© Provided by MotorTrend Volvo Non Hit Car and Truck project

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Thanks to a collaboration of academia, the automotive industry, and various institutions, the four-year project has culminated into a detection system that integrates many discrete sensors around the vehicle. This system can detect many threats that would otherwise be invisible to the driver. In addition to helping drivers be more aware of their surroundings, the system will help Volvo advance in another area of automotive development.

"The technology is also imperative for the development of self-driving cars, which will be able to automatically steer and brake to avoid collision with any object in any situation,” said Anders Almevad, Project Manager for the Non-Hit Car Project at Volvo Cars, in a release. "Our primary objective is to focus on preventing different types of accident scenarios. But going forward, we will also continue to work on developing cars that adapt to each individual driver’s unique behavior.” Volvo Non Hit Car and Truck project© Provided by MotorTrend Volvo Non Hit Car and Truck project

Perhaps the biggest challenge the project team faced was coming up with the Sensor Fusion framework that lets different technologies like GPS, cameras, radar, and others share information to solidify the new 360-degree view. This new system is constantly working to assess potential threats, and with two prototype vehicles already built, we should see this technology implemented in the near future.

Source: Volvo

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