• May 7, 2010
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Safety is expected when you're Volvo, and when something goes wrong it's particularly embarrassing. Such was the case this week when media were invited to a demonstration of one of Volvo's latest latest safety technologies. The collision warning system on the S60 is supposed to detect an impending impacts and then autonomously apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a halt, like this. Except it didn't!

The S60 was launched at 30 mph toward the back of a parked truck and the crowd watched as it rolled straight into it without ever braking. Volvo representatives later claimed human error in the preparation of the vehicle for the test. On the plus side, the car showed no apparent damage to the passenger compartment, again demonstrating that, even if a Volvo does crash, it will protect its occupants. In the meantime, we'll just to go back to being active participants in the driving process. Check out the video after the jump. Hats off to all the tipsters!

[Source: Wired, YouTube]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      must have been monday with a friday car
      • 4 Years Ago
      well that doesnt say much for China crap because all they do is copy our stuff, literally they are very good copiers, like this xerox I have sitting next to me, that's what China is good at especially with all disregard to any copyright laws.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The comment systems on these AOL blogs are all terrible. They should use something like http://disqus.com/. The edit/delete features aside, nesting only one level discourages insightful discussion because it's hard to keep track of contexts. Also I don't seem to get email notification if my comment is nested. What's up with that?

        I'm not usually a complainer, but these systems are just really that bad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        sorry it was in response to an earlier post about american technology. I hate this comment system that you can fix your own posts or even retract them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So what does a Swedish car, still owned by an American company has to do with China?
      • 4 Years Ago
      EPIC FAIL
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cars designed for idiots.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hahahahahahahahahaha wait wait.....ahahhahahahahahahahahahahaah...can't breath...can't breath....hahahahahahahahaah
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should talk with Mercedes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Bob-omb Exactly what I was thinking. Notice the guy inside (probably a dummy) smacks his head swiftly into the steering column. Guaranteed that would be at least a broken nose. Why didn't the seat belt tighten and hold him back? This was like a triple failure: no brakes, no airbag, no seat belt tightening.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Breaking news: Volvo executives pin blame on truck.

      While the car performed flawlessly, sources say the Toyota truck used in the demo did an unintentional reversal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't even like ABS let alone technology that is supposed to take over your better judgement.

      Last winter I drove my Buick (with ABS) and my Suburban (without ABS). And my Suburban had a shorter stopping distance in the ice than my Buick. Also when my ABS is working, I feel disconnected from the road. The car just continues to roles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny! Exact thing happened to me at the local Volvo dealership. The salesman was trying to show off this new technology. They had a demo area set up in the parking lot. The demo failed 4 out of 4 times, each time with car hitting the warning stands (same as the blue ones at the start of the video). The sales guy looked incredibly embarrassed and try to pass it off as his error. Didn't matter, I laughed all the way home.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm telling you this is because Chinese bought it. It never happened to Ford. Now that they "
      are under a new management" WE HAVE TO SEE A CHANGE IN QUALITY :) :) :) .

      Sorry, but I couldn't hold from laughing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      35 km/h is actually more like 20 mph -- it's a good thing it didn't show any occupant compartment damage at 20 mph!
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