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Driver Thought Car Had Pedestrian-Detection System; It Didn't

A Volvo salesperson recently attempted to demonstrate the XC60 City Safety system to a group of prospective car buyers. What the dealer didn't understand was the safety system, which helps avoid or mitigate collisions, doesn't detect pedestrians.

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Since even the threat of serious injury or death isn't enough to keep people engrossed in their phones from walking out into traffic, General Motors is developing a new pedestrian safety technology that will sense the phone itself. Using Wi-Fi Direct, a peer-to-peer wireless standard that's like a medium-range Bluetooth, a car would be able to detect a smartphone directly and alert the driver in time to avoid kneecapping the pedestrian.

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Volvo V60 Pedestrian Detection test failures – Click above to watch the videos

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ECTunes equipped vehicle – Click above to watch video after the jump

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Inside Toyota's Higashi-Fuji tech center – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above to view a high-res gallery of photos from FLIR's CES 2009 demo.

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