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Volvo Set to Unveil World's 'First Accident-proof Car'

by VR Sreeraman on  December 24, 2008 at 2:09 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Volvo Set to Unveil World's 'First Accident-proof Car'
Car giant Volvo is set to unveil its first ever "accident-proof car", which will drive itself in traffic by using radar to control the distance.
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The Swedish manufacturer will unveil Volvo S60 with automatic brakes at the next month's Detroit motor show. It will go on the market in 2010.

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"This technology helps us take an important step towards our long-term vision of designing cars that should not crash," the Telegraph quoted Thomas Broberg, the company's safety specialist as saying.

"Our aim for 2020 is that no one should be killed or injured in a Volvo car," he added.

The car can stop itself upon sensing that a collision is about to happen either a car or a pedestrian, even when travelling at low speeds.

It will feature a sophisticated cruise control system designed to automatically maintain a safe distance from the car in front.

It works with the help of a radar unit fitted in the car's grille, which not only detects what is in front of the vehicle, but how fast it is moving.

When the car believes that there is an imminent threat of a collision, a light flashes on a windscreen display in front of the driver at the same time along with an audible warning, the brakes are applied automatically.

Source: ANI
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