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This is What Happens When a Subaru and a Moose Collide

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/11/2015 Karla Sanchez

It’s a good thing that automakers like Volvo and Audi are developing animal detection systems, because the aftermath of this collision between a Subaru and a moose shows how dangerous the situation can be.

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Photos of a mangled the Subaru were posted to the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety’s Facebook page, where it also reports a 19-year-old driver was transported to the hospital with “multiple non-life threatening injuries,” after hitting a moose on a New Hampshire highway. The department claims this is one of the worst moose accidents it’s seen in recent memory, and that the driver was very lucky. The cow moose, however, was not so lucky and died at the scene. The corpse was reportedly donated to a local family (moose steaks to be served over at their place). MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Although the Subaru’s roof and windshield were completely wrecked after the crash, the accident could have been much worse. Moose easily weigh over 700 pounds and stand up to 6 feet tall at the shoulder, with the males’ antlers spanning up to 6 feet wide. Although it’s unknown how big this cow moose was, it did a number to the Japanese car, nearly ripping its roof off. In the pictures, you can also see some of the moose fur left behind.

Animal detection is just one of the more recent advanced safety systems becoming readily available on certain models. The 2015 Audi A8’s Night Vision Assistant offers animal detection that highlights larger animals in a vehicle’s path, while Volvo has been working on a system of its own. Trained to recognize shapes of animals in daylight and nighttime, Volvo’s system automatically applies the brakes if it detects a large animal. Though the system is aimed at larger animals like elk, horses, and cattle, experts are working on collecting data to increase the chances of detecting smaller animals such as deer and wild boar.

It’s possible an animal detection system will be available in the upcoming Bentley Bentayga as well, as a recent teaser video showed the lux SUV using something similar to an animal-sensing safety feature.

Source: Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety via Facebook

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