June 13, 2016—To help lower fatalities caused by collisions with large animals, Volvo has started to train its driver assist systems to avoid animals, according to a report from Forbes.
The same technology that the automaker developed to avoid pedestrians and cyclists is now being trained to help vehicles avoid large animals such as deer, elk and moose.
The system uses a front-facing camera, radar and software to sense large animals and their movements on roads. The data is instantly analyzed and the system decides whether or not to activate. Once activated, the system will attempt to alert the driver with audio-visual alerts. If the driver does not react, the brakes are applied automatically to prevent or lessen the impact.
Volvo says the 2017 S90 sedan will be the first car with the Large Animal Detection with Autobrake.