Volvo XC60 Safety Demo Unintentionally Injures Bystanders (W/Video)
Why it's never a good idea to stand in front of a moving car.
The 2015 Volvo XC60 crossover is available with a pedestrian detection system and while the technology is definitely innovative and exciting, there's a correct and wrong way to demonstrate how it works to your friends or cohorts. The folks in the video below definitely did it wrong.
The ill-fated demo starts with a group of curious onlookers gathering around a silver XC60. As the Volvo reverses, the group disperses while two brave men take their positions in front of crossover's path. Next, the XC60 charges forward at a relatively fast pace and the men stand their ground, seemingly confident that the system will hit the brakes and save the day. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen.
There are a few issues with how this demo was conducted. For starters, dummies or another type of barrier should've been used in case things didn't go according to plan.
Perhaps more importantly, they probably should've grabbed keys to an XC60 equipped with the optional Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake system, which this particular vehicle doesn't appear to have - XC60s equipped with the system should have a visible grille-mounted radar, among other items.
It's likely that the demonstrators falsely assumed that the standard City Safety system included pedestrian protection. City Safety only prevents collisions with other vehicles or larger objects and utilizes a laser sensor that's mounted at the upper edge of the windshield.
While the outcome of this demonstration is unfortunate, the struck spectators are reportedly OK, so let this be yet another lesson on how not to show off a vehicle's advanced safety tech.