I know Bill, and he’s far from an “inept driver” as one commenter alludes to regarding this “2011 Volvo S60: A drivers car that makes better drivers” Boston.com article. Stuff happens, and in this case we saved all the hassles associated with a minor accident.
Here is Clifford’s counterpoint to Bill’s piece.
To an extent, Clifford is correct: electronic systems are not perfect. But if we get it right 90% of the time – heck, even 50% of the time – isn’t it worth using technology that might save a life? Could we have waited couple more years to get an absolutely 100% perfect system? Sure, but what about those that we could have saved? Tough call for any company to make. I think we made the right decision. What Clifford missed is that City Safety and Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Braking can be switched Off, with default On when car first started by driver. Clifford mentioned that the system could not detect our dummy during testing. Well, the system actually worked, it did not detect a human. There are vast differences between a dummy stuffed with foam and human stuffed with carbon and water.