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Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake

Copenhagenize posted this video about a system called Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake by automaker Volvo.

I don’t know any details about where or when the system will appear on vehicles in the wild, but it is certainly a welcome development that can’t come soon enough. The more we can do to remove stopping decisions from drivers the better. I have no doubt that computers will be more effective at identifying and correctly yielding to non-motorized users than humans are. I only wish the cyclist in this video wasn’t portrayed as being completely oblivious to surroundings, as it is just as likely to be deployed in a situation where the driver is oblivious to surroundings.

I wonder if widespread deployment of this technology would lead to brazen cyclists and pedestrians who make risky or illegal movements knowing that Auto Brake will stop the vehicles regardless of who has the right-of-way. I wouldn’t think so, unless it turns out that we are all savages after all, which I hope is not the case.

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