Volvo admits its self-driving cars are confused by kangaroos

Swedish company’s animal detection system can identify and avoid deer, elk and caribou, but is yet to work against the marsupials’ movements

Volvo’s self-driving car is unable to detect kangaroos because hopping confounds its systems, the Swedish carmaker says.

The company’s “Large Animal Detection system” can identify and avoid deer, elk and caribou, but early testing in Australia shows it cannot adjust to the kangaroo’s 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 wouldn’t pose problems by the time Volvo’s driverless cars would be available in 2020.

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10. Juli 2017

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