Self-drive cars are an interesting idea. Well, more than idea, they are a reality.
Many of us already have experienced the joys of self-parking cars, or automatic-braking but driverless cars are next.
While they might not be on the roads just yet, there are plans for them that aren’t all that far away.
According to Volvo, that date is 2020.
However, there is one problem with them, and it is distinctly Australian.
When test-driving them down under it was found they couldn’t recognise a kangaroo, although it can identify and avoid deer, elk and caribou.
Anyone who has ever driven on road anywhere in Australia on dark will know how much of a problem that can be.
The problem, it seems, is the hopping. So before anyone hops into one of these cars here, you had better be sure that problem has been solved.
According to Volvo it will be by the 2020 release date.
The managing director of Volvo Australia, Kevin McCann, said the discovery was part of the development and testing of driverless technology, according to The Guardian.
“Any company that would be working on the autonomous car concept would be having to do the same developmental work,” Kevin McCann 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.”