Volvo responds to video of its car plowing into bystanders (Video)

WASHINGTON — Volvo is responding to a popular video showing a demonstration of a Volvo XC60 and its alleged self-parking assist feature that went very wrong in the Dominican Republic.

In the video, the vehicle quickly picks up speed and slams into journalists documenting the demo.

According to the website, Remolacha, the men received minor bruising from the incident. reached out to the automaker and spokesman Johan Larsson explained that the video is mislabeled and said that the car is not attempting to self-park.

“It seems they are trying to demonstrate pedestrian detection and auto-braking,” Larsson said in an email to “Unfortunately, there were some issues in the way the test was conducted.”

Larsson says the people who purchased the vehicle in this demonstration did not pay for the “Pedestrian detection functionality,” which is a feature that costs extra.

Watch the incident:

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the statements from the Volvo spokesman.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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