This month marks the end of a four-year, 80-million-SEK ($11 million+ USD) endeavor by Volvo Cars aiming to eliminate fatal accidents in any Volvo by the year 2020. The Non-Hit Car and Truck project has drawn to a close with the development of 360°-view and next-generation sensor fusion technological development that locates collision-free escape routes.
These advancements are the crowning achievement of the project, in which Volvo and its institutional, industrial and academic partners established new technologies and improved existing ones in order to reduce accident risks for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles.
“Volvo Cars is definitely on the front line when it comes to innovative active safety research and development,” said Anders Almevad, Project Manager for the Non-Hit Car Project at Volvo Cars. “With the Non-Hit Car and Truck project, we’ve taken a significant step towards realizing the vision that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car.”
The sensor fusion mission posed a challenge, but the success brings unparalleled safety into Volvo vehicles. A number of discrete sensors are installed around the car, which work with cameras, radar, GPS and more, to share information efficiently within the Sensor Fusion framework, creating a cohesive detection system that has never before been accomplished. As a whole, the framework provides a complete 360° view of the surrounding environment, perceiving potential threats that would otherwise go unseen.
Sensor technology is then enhanced by the maneuver generator. This new safety feature uses software to identify collision-free escape routes in all traffic scenarios. The system, which works as sensors constantly analyze threats around the car, can even assist drivers with auto-braking and steering, which is a huge advantage in the progress of self-driving cars.
“Our primary objective is to focus on preventing different types of accident scenarios,” Almevad said. “But going forward, we will also continue to work on developing cars that adapt to each individual driver’s unique behavior.”
The Non-Hit Car and Truck project concepts have already become to fruition with the production of two test vehicles that illustrate how the 360° view and maneuver generator work together, well ahead of the 2020 deadline Volvo Cars set for itself.
This article is presented by Kundert Volvo in Hasbrouck Heights and Englewood, NJ.