Volvo having trouble detecting kangaroo

Volvo having trouble detecting kangarooWhile the technology is used to detect larger beasts like moose in its homeland of Sweden, the company is struggling with kangaroos, according to a new report.

Speaking with ABC News, David Pickett, Volvo Australia’s technical manager, said the unusual way kangaroos move completely throws off the system.

The company already has a system that can detect large animals, and previous testing has found that it was capable of detecting and identify animals such as deer, elk, and caribou. In Australia kangaroos are the culprit of the majority of accidents involving vehicles and animals, accounting for 90% of them.

Figures from Australia’s National Roads and Motorists Association show that kangaroo-related collisions happen over 16,000 times a year, with close to a thousand of them taking place in Canberra alone. That’s where Volvo’s research team is currently stationed, as it continues working on making kangaroos recognizable to its self-driving cars.

At the moment, Pickett believes that the ongoing issue might not cause any delays as far as launching autonomous vehicles in Australia goes. He added, however, that it’s important that Volvo’s self-driving car team irons the kangaroo problem out, among other adjustments that need to be made on the vehicles before they become available to the public.

Volvo having trouble detecting kangaroo

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