The long-promised Volvo Animal Avoidance System interview…

Finally! (and I didn’t even have to learn Swedish!)

If you’d like to know more about what’s ahead in collision prevention technology—potentially a real life-saver for both human and non-human animals—navigate on over to the Car Talk website and check out my guest blog post.

Next-Door Nature, wildlife crossing sign, Canada
Busy travel corridors call for advanced technology (Photo: Antony Stanley, Creative Commons license)

6 Replies to “The long-promised Volvo Animal Avoidance System interview…”

  1. Great one, Kieran! Louise

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  2. This is the type of technological development I’ve been excited for. Thanks for the link, the interview, and the information, Kieran. Do you feel hopeful about the system’s viability?

    As far as the wildlife crossing, I used a similar image a while ago and I believe you’re right, that it’s on the Trans-Canada highway en route to Banff. Great sign~!

    1. Hi Ingrid! I think it will still be a while before cars are able to reliably avoid hitting anything living, but I’m glad that Volvo is taking steps in that direction. At this point, most drivers still want to be in control of their vehicles so while our cars may soon be able to warn us of an impending collision, there’s no guarantee they’ll defer to the computer’s better judgement and heed the warning.

      I seem to remember reading about research that shows most of us think poorly of the driving skills of others while overestimating our own… which is why we want computers to drive OTHER people around while we remain firmly behind the wheel, fishing fallen french fries out from between the seats with one hand and texting with the other.

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