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Volvo has admitted that its self-driving technology’s large animal detection system was flummoxed by kangaroos.
The self-driving cars can deal with roaming deer, elk, and caribou, but can’t process kangaroos because of the animals’ unique method of movement, or hopping.
Volvo Australia Managing Director Kevin McCann said any company that would be working on the autonomous car concept would be having to do the same developmental work.
The company expects to solve its kangaroo problem by the time its self-driving cars are scheduled to hit the market in 2020. That’s crucial for the Australian market, where kangaroos, cause the most accidents involving animals. Can self-driving Ubers handle kangaroos? A big question.