Rear-End Collision Avoidance System
Companies such as Volvo and Mercedes are working on crash avoidance systems. Radar measures the distance to obstacles ahead of the car, and if one comes too close the system will warn the driver. If the driver fails to act in sufficient time to stop the car safely, the cars computer takes over and applies the brakes. For Volvo, the technology developed so far hasn’t always worked perfectly: this video from a press event last year shows what happens when things go wrong. Long-term, though, crash avoidance systems should make for some very intriguing demolition derbies.
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