A self-parking car caused panic after it went rogue and injured bystanders.
A video, reportedly from the Dominican Republic, shows the car reversing itself, coming to a stop and then driving back – nearly mowing down two men.
While initial reports suggested that the owner was testing a “self-parking assist” feature, it has now emerged that the demo was to show off its "city-safe" system, which helps the car to recognize pedestrians and stop automatically. However, it appears that someone forgot to turn on that feature – a human error that consequently resulted in what could’ve been a terrible accident.
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After the scary video went viral, Volvo representative Johan Larsson spoke to Fusion to clarify the issue.
“It appears as if the car in this video is not equipped with pedestrian detection,” Larsson stated. “This is sold as a separate package.”
“The pedestrian detection would likely have been inactivated due to the driver inactivating it by intentionally and actively accelerating,” he explained. “Hence, the auto braking function is overrided by the driver and deactivated.”
Fortunately, the two men who were almost run over by the car escaped with some bruising.