Jun 27, 2017

Volvo's driverless cars 'confused' by kangaroos

Volvo's self-driving technology is struggling to identify kangaroos in the road. The Swedish car-maker's 2017 S90 and XC90 models use its Large Animal Detection system to monitor the road for deer, elk and caribou. "We've noticed with the kangaroo being in mid-flight when it's in the air, it actually looks like it's further away, then it lands and it looks closer," its Australia technical manager told ABC. But the problem would not delay the rollout of driverless cars in the country, David Pickett added. According to the Australia's National Roads and Motorists' Association, 80% of animal collisions in the country involve kangaroos. Volvo's safety engineers began filming kangaroos' roadside behaviour in a nationally recognised hotspot for collisions in 2015. The data is being used to create a system of radar and cameras that can detect kangaroos and apply the brakes if a collision is imminent.

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