Thought readers of this list might like to know how much progress is already on
the market, or been announced with definite model years, for self-driving
vehicles. I'm not thinking of blind people as passengers in such a vehicle,
but instead of how much extra safety this is now offering to pedestrians as
various manufacturers offer systems to prevent drivers from accidently running
into a pedestrian.
Below is a typical description of a set of safety features being offered by a
large number of manufacturers; this one is from Volvo, but others have the same
systems. I thought it was interesting here that their pedestrian avoidance is
being expanded to even include objects as small as pet animals. It's not going
to mean immediate complete pedestrian safety, but each year it should become a
little bit safer in crossing the road.
From: Allison Orange
Sent: Monday, April 04, 2016 8:20 AM
To: Chip Orange; acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx; Ted Giering (tedgiering@xxxxxxxxx)
Subject: Volvo Pilot Assist II
Volvo's updates to the already new XC90 in 2017 will include its latest step
towards autonomous driving - Pilot Assist II. This will be standard equipment
on the SUV in selected markets and will be mirrored on the S90 sedan.
Pilot Assist II adds steering assistance to adaptive cruise control, creating a
semi-autonomous highway driving system that - like Tesla's Autopilot system -
controls acceleration, braking, and steering to follow traffic flow within the
lane on well-marked highways. The system can operate at speeds up to 81 mph
(120 km/h) and does not require a lead car as have other Volvo systems in
Also added is a new update for Volvo's City Safety. This standard collision
avoidance system, which includes pedestrian and small vehicle (bicycle)
avoidance, is now updated to include large animals.
Every update being made to the 2017 XC90 will also appear in the S90 sedan and