Volvo has announced it is developing a safety system that alerts and automatically brakes for animals on the road.

The new system, which is due for launch in a few years time, uses the same radar and camera technology as used for its Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake which is available on S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80.

“We can see in our accident statistics that this is an important area to prioritise,” said Andreas Eidehall, technical expert in the field of active safety systems at Volvo.

“What is more, we know that there is considerable market interest in this type of safety system. During demonstrations of Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, we were often asked about protection from accidents with wild animals.”

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