2011 Volvo Collision Warning with Auto Brake System fails - Car Crashes at Press Event - video

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2011 Volvo Collision Warning with Auto Brake System fails - Car Crashes at Press Event - video

Volvo, now controlled by the Chinese firm Geely, wanted to show journalists how the 2011 S60 sedan's new 'Collision Warning with Auto Brake' system works in action, so they catapulted a test car out of a tunnel at around 35km/h towards a parked truck.

Volvo says this about the system:
... Quote:
Volvo's new Collision Warning with Auto Brake automatically brakes the car if there is a More..n imminent risk of a collision with a moving or stationary vehicle. The system starts by alerting the driver and preparing the braking system for emergency braking. If the driver does not respond despite the warning, the brakes are applied automatically.
... except it didn't ....

The new Volvo S60, due for release later this year, was fired out of Volvo's testing tunnel at around 30MPH, and the collision detection system should have kicked in, bringing the car automatically to a halt before hitting the truck in its path.

It didn't. Instead, the brand new car ploughed into the back of the truck in front of us, and indeed the world's press who had gathered in Sweden to see the collision detection system in action.

This pre-series car suffered as the result of a human error in preparation of the crash, Volvo later claimed, and that had a human been driving, he or she would have noticed the system was not operating correctly. The technical reason for the fail concerned a problem with the car's battery.
 http://www.wired.co.uk/news...

By netchicken: posted on 8-5-2010

Ha.....that's the definition of fail.
By mg.mikael: posted on 11-5-2010








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