Staying safe while on the road is of the utmost importance, which is why it is always important to wear your seatbelt, stick to the speed limit and research motor insurance quotes every year to make sure you are getting the best type of cover for your vehicle. However, sometimes accidents do happen no matter how careful you are, which is why car manufacturers are constantly creating new technology that reduces the likelihood of their customers getting into collisions while on the road.
Volvo is just one manufacturer doing their part to improve road safety, and the new technology they announced this week will not only help protect drivers but also other people on the roads. The company will soon be installing cyclist detection facilities in their vehicles which will be able to detect pedestrians and cyclists, and also prevent fatal accidents by alerting the driver to collision risks, or automatically applying the brakes if a cyclist swerves towards the vehicle.
This is not the first security system of this ilk that Volvo have created, as back in 2010 they a released a pedestrian detection system that uses a radar in the car’s grille to detect pedestrians, as well as a camera located between the windscreen and the back view mirror. However, all these new systems mean that the cost of a Volvo could increase by around £1,850 if you choose to invest in the safety package. This is due to the fact that the technology requires a more powerful processor in the vehicles, so if you choose to have the technology installed in your next car it will have to be done at the production plant.
There has already been criticism however of Volvo’s new technology, as safety campaigners feel that technology should not be seen as a replacement to being safe when behind the wheel. The UK’s governing body for cycling, British Cycling, said: “While we obviously welcome any safety measures that can be built into vehicles, people shouldn’t be relying on technology to keep them and other road users safe. What would make much more of a difference is making cyclist awareness a mandatory part of the driving test. British Cycling will continue to campaign for this as well as the establishment of a prominent, national cyclists awareness campaign similar to that we’ve seen for motorcyclists.”