Volvo Cars is working on a kangaroo detection technology tailored to their AU-spec cars.

You might be tempted to believe this is a joke, but in reality one of the most costly causes of traffic collisions in Australia has to do with crashes involving kangaroos, so Volvo Cars is working on a new system to lower the risks of an impact with the animal. A team of safety experts has travelled to the Australian Capital Territory to film and study the roadside behavior of kangaroos in their natural habitat. The research work is conducted at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra, which is considered as being a top location for kangaroo collisions.

The data obtained will serve as foundation for an industry-first kangaroo detection and collision avoidance system which will help lower the number of road incidents with kangaroos by using radar and camera technology to detect the animals and automatically apply the brakes in case of an imminent collision.

Based on the information gathered by the National Roads & Motorists’ Association (NRMA), there are more than 20,000 accidents with kangaroos on the roads of Australia each year and this generates more than 75 million AUD in insurance claims.

Gallery: Volvo commences Australian testing for kangaroo detection technology [videos]

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