A couple of days back, Volvo XC60 was involved in something, which caused Volvo cars a huge embarrassment. We all know how safe Volvo cars are, but the now viral video told a different story altogether. In the video, a demonstration to show the self parking abilities goes wrong and the car hits a spectator.
The video instantly went viral created a huge embarrassment for Volvo cars. But Volvo has come up with clarification over the incident. Volvo says that the car was not fitted with the Pedestrian Detection Technology, instead it was fitted with the City Safety Function. The driver of the car has reportedly admitted that the City Safety was also deactivated.
So there's no way the car could have stopped by itself. Moreover, Volvo insists that City Safety Function alone can't prevent help stop the accident. It's meant for heavy traffic situations and saves the car from collisions with nearing vehicles. Here's an explanation from the Swedish automaker in the defense, stating 'human error' as the reason for the accident -
A film has been circulated online that claims to show a demonstration of a “Self-Driving” or “Self-Parking” Volvo XC60. This is factually incorrect
· This car was being driven by a human being. Moreover, this vehicle was not fitted with Pedestrian Detection, a Volvo safety system designed to identify pedestrians and apply a vehicle’s brakes
· Instead, this vehicle was fitted with a feature called City Safety, which is standard in all Volvos
· This system contributes to safer driving in heavy city traffic by avoiding or mitigating rear end collisions with other vehicles in low speeds by braking
· There was nothing wrong with the car itself. The unfortunate incident happened only due to human error
You can watch an exclusive video of Dr. Lotta Jackobson explaining City Safety function here!