New car technology aims to prevent animal collisions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that each year, there are 1.5 million crashes with deer, which cost roughly $1.1 billion in damages, and cause 150 deaths and 10,000 injuries.

While researchers and developers have been putting their heads together for years in an effort to figure out how to lower these incidences, Volvo has been developing a technology in its new cars. A radar system and an infrared camera work to detect large forest animals and post an alert to the driver if necessary, The Car Connection reports. If the driver does not notice or respond to the alert, the system can apply the car’s brakes.

The technology is similar to the company’s Pedestrian Detection system that was released last year, but it is not on the market yet and has no set date, according to the news source.

Volvos are known as some of the safest cars on the road, but can cost upwards of $35,000. Buyers might consider a car loan in order to finance a purchase that has the potential to save passengers’ lives.