Volvo’s self-parking car demo went horribly wrong

Volvo is working towards a future where every car parks itself, and in a demo of this technology in the Dominican Republic, an observer got creamed as the car accelerated directly into him from a distance.

It’s all captured on video in this 33-second clip:

This is a Volvo XC60, and reports that the victims are bruised but OK. This incident took place because the operators forgot to turn on “City Safe” mode. How about just having a “Safe” mode instead, and it’s always on?

It bears mentioning that this is the second time such a car has failed publicly. In 2011, a Volvo smashed into a truck during a similar demonstration.

Volvo did not immediately return request for comment. Here’s how this demonstration was supposed to go:

Photo via Volvo Newsroom

Dylan Love

Dylan Love

Dylan Love is an editorial consultant and journalist whose reporting interests include emergent technology, digital media, and Russian language and culture. He is a former staff writer for the Daily Dot, and his work has been published by Business Insider, International Business Times, Men's Journal, and the Next Web.