Volvo safety: Wild animal collision under development image

Swedish automaker Volvo, on Friday said that is developing a system that alerts and automatically brakes for animals on the road. This new safety system from Volvo will be available in a few years’ time.

Practically this new collision avoidance system will use the actual pedestrian collision avoidance system, and will consist of a two-part equipment: a radar sensor and an infrared camera that can register the traffic situation.

This new safety feature will also function in the dark when most collisions with wild animals take place at dawn and dusk and during the dark winter months. The infrared camera will monitor the road ahead and if an animal is within range, the system will alert the driver with an audible signal. If the driver does not react, the car will apply full braking.

In order to understand animals’ behaviors, Volvo sent a team of engineers at a safari park. On this particular evening, the focus was on moose, red deer and fallow deer. According to Volvo, the worst scenario is from collisions with moose.

“In an impact with a moose there is a relatively high risk of personal injury since it is common for the animal to end up on or roll across the front of the car and its windscreen,” says Andreas Eidehall.

“We can see in our accident statistics that this is an important area to prioritise. What is more, we know that there is considerable market interest in this type of safety system. During demonstrations of Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, we were often asked about protection from accidents with wild animals. We will present a market-ready system within a few years,” concludes Andreas Eidehall.