terça-feira, junho 13, 2006

New collision warning system

In recent years, Volvo Car Corporation has concentrated their safety development on systems that help the driver read surrounding traffic. The idea is to predict threatening collisions early enough to completely prevent them from happening. When this is not possible, the damages can still be limited to a minimum by reducing the speed and stopping distance.
Volvo's Collision Warning System with brake support was launched recently in its S80, where a red light flashes and a buzzer sounds if you're about to run into something. It even goes a step further and applies more brake pressure if you're not stopping fast enough.
Now, the company is working on the next generation of the Collision Warning System which actually does all the braking for you. Take a look at it working in this video, where Volvo researchers set up an inflatable obstacle and the brakes stop the car just in time.

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