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Volvo previewing "crash proof" technologies on S60 concept

Volvo says its goal is to develop a vehicle that simply could not get in an accident by 2020. The automaker intends to supplement the crash-detection systems that slow down its forthcoming XC60 small SUV to a complete stop when they detect a low speed wreck by introducing measures that would help Volvos avoid accidents from any speed. The automaker will preview the technology on its S60 concept car next month.

"Our aim for 2020 is that no one should be killed or injured in a Volvo car," Thomas Broberg, a safety expert with the Swedish auto maker told the Los Angeles Times.

The upcoming S60 concept car, which will debut at next month's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, will showcase some of these future features when it is unveiled. The main technologies that the automaker says will prevent its future cars from being in serious wrecks are its Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and its pedestrian detection system.

The two items' names are pretty self-explanatory: Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake can apply the brakes' full force automatically if the driver doesn't do so, and the pedestrian detection system relies on cameras and radar to prevent the vehicle from impacting a stray pedestrian.

"Up until now, we have focused on helping the driver avoid collisions with other vehicles," Broberg said. "Now we are taking a giant step forward with a system that also boosts safety for unprotected road users. New sensor technology also makes it possible to advance from 50% to full-automatic braking power."

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