Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake is a technology that can detect if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can warn and automatically activate the brakes. Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake consists of a radar unit integrated into the car's grille, a camera fitted in front of the interior rear-view mirror, and a central control unit. The radar's task is to detect a pedestrian or vehicle in front of the car and to determine the distance to it. The camera determines what type of object it is.
Thanks to the dual-mode radar's wide field of vision, pedestrians about to step into the roadway can also be detected early on. The innovative technology is programmed to trace a pedestrian's pattern of movement and also to calculate whether he or she is likely to step into the road in front of the car. The system can detect pedestrians who are around 3" tall.
In an emergency situation the driver first receives an audible warning combined with a flashing light in the windscreen's head-up display. If the driver does not react to the warning and a collision is imminent, full braking power is automatically applied. Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake can avoid a collision with a pedestrian at speeds up to 22 MPH if the driver does not react in time. At higher speeds, the focus is on reducing the car's speed as much as possible prior to impact. Statistics reveal that the car's speed has considerable importance for the outcome of the collision. A lower speed of impact means that the risk of serious injury is significantly reduced.
In order to mitigate the consequences if a collision with a pedestrian is unavoidable, Volvo has developed Pedestrian Airbag Technology, a world first. It works like this: Sensors in the front bumper register the physical contact between the car and the pedestrian. The rear end of the hood is released and at the same time elevated by the deploying airbag. The inflated airbag covers the area under the raised hood plus approximately one third of the windshield area and the lower part of the A-pillar. The raised hood and airbag will help reduce the severity of pedestrian injuries.
Although not equipped with these technologies just yet, Volvo vehicles are some of the safest on American roads. Check out Tom Wood Volvo in Indianapolis for all of your new and used Volvo needs!