Volvo is working on integrating all of a car's safety sensors to give it a complete 360-degree view of its surroundings, which will in turn allow it to plot a collision-free way out of trouble.
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The Swedish automaker hopes that these new developments will help it meet an important safety target that it has set for itself, namely that by 2020 no-one inside in a new Volvo model will be killed or seriously injured.

Many of today's new vehicles feature a plethora of sensors, such as radar, lidar, cameras and GPS, which help to power various safety systems, either individually or in some combination.

No company, though, has yet launched a production vehicle that uses all these sensors together to generate a holistic view of its environment and detect any possible dangers. Volvo and its collaborators in the Non-Hit Car and Truck project, which is due to wrap up at the end of this year, are looking to change that.

A manoeuvre generator, which is also under development, will use that 360-degree world view, as well as the automated steering and braking systems, to plan and guide the car along an accident-free path out of danger.

Two prototype vehicles fitted with both the 360-degree view and manoeuvre generator systems have been built so far, but Volvo isn't saying how far away this technology is from being ready for the real world.