A Self-Stopping Car Accident – New Car Technology Vs. Common Sense

A Self-Stopping Car Accident Caught on Tape

With more and more technology being implanted in new automobiles these days, it’s safe to say that more and more people are relying on these technologies to assist them with their driving duties.  That being said, there should never be a device or system that should ever take the place of using common sense. In the video below, we can see a self-stopping car accident on video.

A recent video has been circulating the internet and social media outlets showing a “Self-Stopping Car” that is supposed to keep an eye out for pedestrians.  In this video, a group of people are standing in front of a car that is attempting to self-stop.  The bystanders were surprised when…well, just watch for yourself.

It appears that the vehicle had no intent on stopping for pedestrians.  Johan Larsson, a spokesperson for Volvo, the car’s manufacturer, explained that the video is misleading.

He states, “It seems they are trying to demonstrate pedestrian detection and auto-braking. Unfortunately, there were some issues in the way the test was conducted.”

“The main issue,” said Larsson, “is that it appears that the people who bought this Volvo did not pay for the Pedestrian Detection functionality, which is a feature that costs more money.”

“The Volvo XC60 comes with City Safety as a standard feature, however this does not include the pedestrian detection functionality. The City Safety system kicks in when someone is in stop-and-go traffic, helping the driver avoid rear-ending another car while driving slowly, or under 30 mph.”

He continues, “It appears as if the car in this video is not equipped with Pedestrian Detection, that is sold as a separate package.”

“The pedestrian detection would likely have been inactivated due to the driver inactivating it by intentionally and actively accelerating,” said Larsson. “Hence, the auto braking function is overriden by the driver and deactivated.”

In the end, it is ultimately up to the driver of the vehicle to make he or she isn’t plowing into people.  Even with an upgraded pedestrian detection system installed and functioning, there is just no replacement for using common sense.

More and more of these systems are being installed in cars being sold today – and that’s a good thing.  These systems are designed to “assist”, not to take the place of the driver.  Even so,  the message for drivers is to drive safe!

For Pedestrians, keep your head on a swivel and be on guard at all times.  Do not take for granted that drivers see you or that their detection systems will protect you. Take all precautions necessary to protect yourself, and that includes using common sense on your end as well.  Judging by the video, standing in front of a car that is accelerating towards you is not a “good” idea.

In the event you have been been hit and injured by a driver and find you are in need of help, please contact us here at The Soud Law Firm.  We are always happy to assist you with your legal needs.

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