Collision Avoidance Technology

JERUSALEM (AP) - Video cameras helping drivers see road hazards aren't exactly new. But software engineers in Israel have come up with a system to help motorists avoid hitting pedestrians.

A researcher for a company called Mobileye says it's a "system that saves lives."

The heart of the new device is a superfast processor that picks up video images of pedestrians and sends the driver a warning quickly enough for the driver to slow down. In some versions, the system applies the brakes automatically.

Mobileye already produces camera systems that warn sleepy drivers when they drift.

It has a deal to sell the pedestrian-avoidance technology to the Swedish carmaker Volvo.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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