Volvo to become more cyclist friendly

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Cars that stop by themselves for pedestrians have been out for a while now, but now one automaker claims their cars will stop for cyclists too.

Volvo, a brand known for vehicle safety, announced a clever new update to their collision detection system that will stomp on the brakes when a potential collision with a cyclist is sensed.

The revamped system uses a camera embedded in the car’s rearview mirror, combined with a radar instrument in the grill to scan the road ahead. If it spots an object, an on-board computer will determine whether it is a cyclist or a pedestrian, and apply the brakes accordingly.

“As the leader in automotive safety, we have been first in the industry with all detection and auto brake technologies, from the first-generation brake support in 2006 to pedestrian detection with full auto brake in 2010,” says Doug Speck, senior vice president, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.

According to the Swedish automaker, the cyclist detection system will be available on most Volvo models in the middle of 2013.

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