Volvo have announced that they are releasing a ‘Cyclist Detection’ system that they suggest may stop fatal collisions on the roads.
It is an upgrade of their already in use technology that detects pedestrians and slams on the brakes if a collision is about to happen. Apparently the inclusion of cyclists in this system is a software re-write, but requires more oomph from the processors, so it can’t simply upgrade existing cars, and that the new system must be factory fitted (and then not to the full range of cars).
Why they have decided this is a mystery to me – why make a great safety device like this and limit the supply of it? Make it as cheaply and as freely available as possible!
Personally I like this – from a cyclists point of view it sounds like a fantastic thing to have – it’s all too often that some cars get a little too close for comfort, and even a considerate cyclist has to take avoidance action occasionally.
More of the same please, cycling along the roads of Bradford can be, well… Let’s just say ‘interesting’ shall we.. 😉
More details from the BBC here: Volvo unveils cyclist alert-and-brake car system