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So I have a '17 Premier Bolt with all the safety packages, including the feature that will auto-brake the Bolt if it detects it is about to hit a pedestrian. While I have seen the pedestrian alert symbol come on numerous times in the DIC (if I am driving by near a pedestrian), I have never actually had the system activate, which is probably a good thing.

That being said, does anyone know how it works? Is the Bolt simply programmed to recognize shapes and objects that have a similar outline to a person walking in the street? So it's purely a visual detection system? Or are there other factors that it takes into account. For example, if I were to attempt to drive straight into a cardboard cutout of someone, would the Bolt still brake for that cutout?

I guess there is only 1 way to find out for sure...
 

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When I researched the Bolt I was curious about these safety features and found this crash test video showing the Opel Ampera-e being tested: https://youtu.be/ulbeSJSDQhs. Towards the end it shows how the pedestrian system works.

The final 40kph pedestrian had to do a name change...to Eileen. >:)
 

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My pedestrian warning symbol has come on when I approached an intersection with a road sign indicating that pedestrians cross there, but no pedestrian was in sight.
My pedestrian alert routinely lights up when I pass this company's trucks:



I haven't been in a situation where I've been actually following one of these trucks yet - so I don't know if it activates the pedestrian light, the "car ahead" light, or both!
 

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I have to say that so far, I have found this feature to be useless. It sometimes lights up when I drive my pedestrians on the sidewalk. Today, I was driving at night and a dumb pedestrian was crossing the road in dark clothing. I did not see them until the last second and had to manually jam on the brake. Now I get that if I could not see the pedestrian, the bolt camera probably could not either. But it makes me wonder what good it is.

Other safety features a great, but this one is pretty questionable in my mind.
 

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Lol, Mine does it occasionally on the Walk signs we have here.. link just to show you the pic seeing as you may have different in Canada

My pedestrian alert routinely lights up when I pass this company's trucks:



I haven't been in a situation where I've been actually following one of these trucks yet - so I don't know if it activates the pedestrian light, the "car ahead" light, or both!
 
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