Published: Sat, March 23, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Volvo puts drunk drivers on notice

Volvo puts drunk drivers on notice

Volvo on Wednesday announced plans to install in-car cameras in its vehicles that will monitor drivers for signs of distracted or impaired driving and take action if it appears that the driver's behavior becomes risky.

This follows Volvo's recent announcement that it will be limiting the top speed on all of its vehicles to 112 miles per hour in a bid to reduce traffic fatalities. "The Care Key provides one good solution and extra peace of mind", stated Volvo president and CEO, Håkan Samuelsson.

Volvo's idea of auto safety expands past what happens on the road.

What's more, the company wants cars to be able to take steps to prevent such mishaps, either by limiting the vehicle's speed, informing authorities, or even parking at a safe location.

As well as the altruistic goal of helping improve auto safety, the sharing initiative is meant to help Volvo learn from what other companies are doing: "I also want to learn something", Jakobsson said.

This is in line with Volvo's efforts to promote safe driving. The system also detects extreme weaving across lanes or excessively slow reaction times. Hopefully, you don't need these technologies to remind you when you're too wasted to drive.

It's identified three key areas where changing how drivers think about driving can reduce the rate of accidents most dramatically.

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Early next decade, driver monitoring cameras will be introduced to Volvo vehicles which observe the driver's attention to the road and driving patterns.

If the vehicle decides or detects what it thinks is distracted driving, it can limit the car's speed, alert the Volvo on Call assistance service, and go so far as slowing down and parking the auto.

"In this case, cameras will monitor for behaviour that may lead to serious injury or death", he added.

Trent Victor, Volvo's senior technical leader crash avoidance, is part of the team trying to eliminate crashes.

The cameras could be used to monitor Volvo driver reactions and behaviours, and could even intervene to bring the vehicle to a safe stop if required.

"We believe that a carmaker has a responsibility to help improve traffic safety".

Volvo said cameras for this safety system will be installed on new vehicles due to enter production in the early 2020s, with details on the exact amount of cameras - and their positioning in the interior - to be announced at a later date.

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