The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Volvo Developing Technology for Avoiding Collisions With Animals

June 10, 2011

ROCKLIN, NJVolvo is developing a safety system that alerts the driver and automatically brakes (if the driver doesn't react) when animals are on the road in a vehicle’s path. The automaker said it plans to launch the system in a few years. The company said the new system is based on technologies from Volvo’s Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, introduced in 2010.

"The system consists of two parts, a radar sensor and an infrared camera that can register the traffic situation," said Andreas Eidehall, technical expert in the field of active safety systems at Volvo Car Corporation. "The goal is for the system to function at the normal rural highway speeds. In cases in which it cannot help the driver entirely avoid the collision, the system will slow down the car sufficiently to help reduce the force of impact and thus of serious injuries.”

The camera monitors the road ahead, and if an animal is within range, the system alerts the driver with an audible signal. If the driver does not react, the vehicle automatically applies the brakes.

Statistics from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show that 2,499 people died in road accidents involving animals during the period 1993-2007. The report also states that the number of road accidents involving wild animals increases by almost 30 percent in November. The largest insurance company in the USA, State Farm, reported that the number of compensation claims for road accidents involving wild animals rose by 14.9 percent between 2003 and 2008.

Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.

Sponsored by

Natural gas in liquid form.

Read more

Accident Costs Calculator

Use this calculator to see how much extra sales revenue your company needs to generate to make up for the profits lost as a result of fleet accidents.
Launch Accident Cost Calculator 

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher