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Volvo developing 'crash-proof' cars

Posted on Thursday, 6 December, 2012 | Comment icon 13 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Car manufacturer Volvo is aiming to build cars that can drive by themselves and avoid collisions.

Self-driving cars have been on the table for a few years now with companies investing large sums in an attempt to develop the technology to the point where it can be used in consumer vehicles. Despite huge technical and legal hurdles, Volvo believes that by 2020 its cars will be so advanced that nobody using them will ever be injured or killed again.

The key lies in two mechanisms - driver assistance technology and autonomous driving. Various sensors would allow the car to detect hazards and take appropriate action on behalf of the driver such as putting on the breaks in the event that something is on the road ahead. Autonomous driving would allow the car to drive itself through the use of a 'road train' in which a lead vehicle controls those following it, allowing the other drivers the option to sit back and relax.

"Struggling Swedish-based car maker Volvo is aiming to be selling by 2020 cars that can drive themselves and avoid crashes."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by ExoPaul on 6 December, 2012, 14:41
This will never fully happen for 3 very good reasons..... 1 - Volvo would sell loads of cars, then without them crashing, pranging or breaking they would run out of parts sales or people needing to replace their cars. Apart from the odd exhaust or set of tyres (most of which will last longer because of the car eco-driving to a standard they promote reliabiltiy) there is nothing much to need to change after initial purchase and cars will last owners a lot longer than currently. 2 - Police and council's will see a huge drop in revenue from speed camera's. And regardless of the amount of times th... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Still Waters on 6 December, 2012, 16:12
It's the people driving the cars they need to make 'crashproof'
Comment icon #6 Posted by CuriousGreek on 6 December, 2012, 16:18
It's the people driving the cars they need to make 'crashproof' That's so true. If the driver is incapable of driving properly, no car would be able to avoid crushes...
Comment icon #7 Posted by FlyingAngel on 6 December, 2012, 20:18
So if I intentionnally throw a ball or a banana on the ground, just in front of the car, how would it reacts? Car crashes happen because other car hit your car from the side, not because it hit front side
Comment icon #8 Posted by lone wolf2 on 6 December, 2012, 23:51
I hope people like paying dealer prices for repairs cause the most shops wont be able to repair the cars. Just like the new tractor trailers out on the road today. The computer needs the factory programs to let it know that a repair has ben made Before it will start again.
Comment icon #9 Posted by highdesert50 on 7 December, 2012, 1:35
I saw a woman putting on make-up, eating, and talking on a cell phone while driving. I hope this innovation comes soon, very soon.
Comment icon #10 Posted by -M7 on 8 December, 2012, 5:07
They should also develop a crash resistant car.
Comment icon #11 Posted by nohands on 16 December, 2012, 7:33
wow let's see what will be the product..... zero fault means no challenge...hahaha
Comment icon #12 Posted by King Fluffs on 16 December, 2012, 18:15
Impossible to crash? I'm very doubtful of that claim.
Comment icon #13 Posted by xTc i_i on 16 December, 2012, 18:35
This will never fully happen for 3 very good reasons..... 1 - Volvo would sell loads of cars, then without them crashing, pranging or breaking they would run out of parts sales... 2 - Police and council's will see a huge drop in revenue from speed camera's... 3 - The insurance companies would HAVE to reduce premiums right down to about 20% of what they currently are as they are no longer having to risk-assess drivers... Simply put, to produce crashless, driverless cars would cause the economy to lose huge, vast quantities of money out of the car manufacturer and parts trade, the speeding reven... [More]

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