Volvoâs âsafest carâ claims have been in the line of fire lately, thanks to a viral video of a man getting knocked down during a Volvo âself-parkingâ demonstration. In response, Volvo has come out with an official statement to explain the event.
The car in the video has been confirmed as an XC60 and theÂ Swedish manufacturer insists that the event could have been avoided if the car was fitted with its Pedestrian Detection tech. The driver reportedly admitsÂ to having deactivated the City Safety function during the demonstration. But Volvo maintains that City Safety alone isnât enough to offer assistance in a situation like this. What City Safety is actually designed for is driving in heavy traffic and pre-empting rear end collisions with other cars at slow speeds. With this explanation, it seems that detecting human pedestrians in the carâs vicinity is beyond the scope of the City Safety alone.
The crisp, bullet-point-ed statement from Volvo Auto India clearly sites âhuman errorâ as a cause of the incident and not gremlins in its safety tech.
Volvo Auto India reacts to the 'car knocks down man' video
|A film has been circulated online that claims to show a demonstration of a âSelf-Drivingâ or âSelf-Parkingâ Volvo XC60. This is factually incorrect
ÂˇÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â This car was being driven by a human being. Moreover, this vehicle was not fitted with Pedestrian Detection, a Volvo safety system designed to identify pedestrians and apply a vehicleâs brakes
ÂˇÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Instead, this vehicle was fitted with a feature called City Safety, which is standard in all Volvos
ÂˇÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â This system contributes to safer driving in heavy city traffic by avoiding or mitigating rear end collisions with other vehicles in low speeds by braking
ÂˇÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â There was nothing wrong with the car itself. The unfortunate incident happened only due to human error