Always at the forefront of prevention and active safety, Volvo has unveiled another world-first in automotive crash mitigation, this time a technology that detects and automatically brakes for cyclists swerving out in front of the car. The new feature works in unison with the company’s existing active braking systems, and will be packaged as Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake.

The addition makes use of new advanced software, including more rapid vision processing to extend the present detection and auto brake technology to cover certain cyclist situations. The system is able to detect cyclists and slow-moving motorcycles in the same lane as the car and would apply the brakes if a collision is imminent. In such situations, the driver will get an instant audio and visual warning before full braking power is applied if necessary.

Volvo can take credit for all automotive detection and auto brake technologies to date, having premiered the first-generation brake support in 2006 to pedestrian detection with full auto brake in 2010. Now that the system is able to detect cyclists too, the next step for Volvo is to include animal detection into the technology.

This new feature will be made available on the latest Volvo V40, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 models in Europe later this year. It would sure come in handy with local motorcyclists who swerve in and out through traffic as they like, making future Volvos truly and literally idiot-proof.