Volvo has developed a system of circular observation car, which with the help of special sensors collect data about the participants of traffic out of sight of the driver and analyzes them. The analysis is to predict the possible actions of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. If necessary, the driver is notified, if it does not respond to it, the system takes the initiative in their hands. The technology is called the Non-Hit Car and Truck, its commercial use may begin in 5-10 years.
Video example of the system.
Previously, Volvo has set a goal to reduce accidents involving its vehicles. Now they have set themselves an even more ambitious plans: in 2020 to start production of the vehicles under the wheels which will not perish, and not get seriously injured no man.
Updated. B> Excerpt from the official press release Volvo Trucks .
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The main element of this technology - a digital platform that synthesizes incoming data from the cameras, radars and other sensors located around the perimeter of the car. It allows the car every 25 milliseconds to scan everything that is happening around him, with a 360 degrees. All incoming data is interpreted, situations posing a risk analyzes and generates different versions of the car. Due to a combination of several sensor systems technology is able to recognize the different road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other vehicles. It can be defined as the distance to them, and the direction of their movement.
"This technology is able to predict the scenario of the situation on the road, depending on the speed of movement of objects to 5 seconds ahead and make the most appropriate plan of action - says Mansoor Keshavarz, systems engineer at Volvo Trucks, who participated in the work on this technology. - This technology largely works as a driver-mate , but one that can see everything that is happening around the vehicle. It also warns the driver about what is happening, for example, by means of an alarm, or by inclusion of braking to avoid a collision, the driver could react ».
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The technology is not yet ready for use as a selling security systems. In comparison with similar automation systems for passenger cars, the design of technology for trucks to overcome specific difficulties. B>
"Truck - is another type of vehicle, it behaves on the road not as a passenger car. Each truck, for example, has a different distribution of the load and its large dimensions do not allow you to perform maneuvers such as sharp deviation to avoid a collision.
It is therefore important to conduct research and develop technologies that are designed specifically for trucks, "- says Mansour Keshavarz.
According to Karl Johans Almkvista, this technology will be available in 5-10 years: "Its basic elements are ready, but we need to conduct extensive testing to ensure the reliability of the system. B> If we are able to cope with the open question, a future without accidents involving trucks are not far off ».
Facts about the project «Non-Hit Car and Truck»: i> h5>
Opened in September 2010 in collaboration with Volvo Car Corporation, the Group companies ÅF, HiQ, Mecel and Chalmers University of Technology.
The main goal of the project was to create a technology that would reduce the risk of accidents involving both cars and trucks, with particular attention to situations in which insufficient possibilities of active safety systems.
Project completion is scheduled for December 2014 and the results of research will enable the development of new active safety systems, the issue of which on the market in picking trucks are expected in 5 of 10 years.
Facts about the current active safety systems Volvo Trucks: i> h5>
The collision warning system with the function of emergency braking - an advanced emergency braking system equipped with early warning function of the collision, helping to prevent serious accidents caused by driver inattention.
Lane Changing System - detects vehicles in the blind spot on the passenger side.
Warning system deviation from the lane - tracks the position of the truck relative to the lane. Upon detection bias or exit the truck beyond the edge of the driver receives a warning signal to be able to regain control over the management and prevent accidents.
The support system of attention - recognizes condition of driver fatigue, and encourages him to take a break.