Volvo debuts new safety technology in Japan for avoiding cyclists

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 11:00am
The Associated Press

TOKYO, Aug. 27 (Kyodo) — Volvo Cars Japan said Tuesday it has begun selling in Japan six models with advanced safety technology for detecting and avoiding collisions with bicyclists.

When radar or a camera at the front of these vehicles detects a cyclist, the technology sends a light-and-sound alert and automatically applies the brakes before the car hits the cyclist.

According to Volvo, around 16 percent of those killed or injured in car accidents in Japan are cyclists.

The cyclist detection system activates when the vehicle is traveling at speeds between 4 and 80 kilometers per hour.

The system is available in 2014 versions of the S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 models.

Volvo had already introduced a safety system to detect and avoid accidents with pedestrians.



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