Swedish companys animal detection system can identify and avoid deer, elk and caribou, but is yet to work against the marsupials movements
Volvos self-driving car is unable to detect kangaroos because hopping confounds its systems, the Swedish carmaker says.
The companys Large Animal Detection system can identify and avoid deer, elk and caribou, but early testing in Australia shows it cannot adjust to the kangaroos unique method of movement.
The managing director of Volvo Australia, Kevin McCann, said the discovery was part of the development and testing of driverless technology, and wouldnt pose problems by the time Volvos driverless cars would be available in 2020.
Any company that would be working on the autonomous car concept would be having to do the same developmental work, he said. We brought our engineers into Australia to begin the exercise of gathering the data of how the animals can move and behave so the computers can understand it more.
Earlier this month, Volvos Australian technical manager, David Pickett, told the ABC the troubles had arisen because their cars object detection systems used the ground as a reference point.
This meant a kangaroos hopping was making it difficult to judge how close they were.
When its in the air, it actually looks like its further away, then it lands and it looks closer, he said.
McCann added: Autonomous cars are a continuing development. A driverless car does not yet exist, and developing technology to recognise kangaroos is part of that development.