Imagine cruising down Main Street on your hybrid bicycle and not having the fear of being struck by a car or truck?
Well, Volvo has introduced a new safety feature that detects cyclists as they bolt in front of the car and automatically apples the car’s brakes to avoid hitting them.
In more cities across the country, more Americans are riding their bicycles to commute to work. More and more cities are building bikeways and striping the streets to accommodate them, but putting cyclists on the same street as cars is a very risky proposition.
The new safety system works with a sensor that is able to scan ahead. Volvo says it works like this “If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car as it approaches from behind and a collision is imminent, there is an instant warning and full braking power is applied.”
The manufacturer also says the new abilities are an enhancement of their automatic breaking technology. The ability to avoid hitting cyclists will be added to a system targeted to avoid accidents with pedestrians.