Volvo puts in-car cameras to detect, stop distracted or drunk drivers

Volvo puts in-car cameras to detect, stop distracted or drunk drivers

Volvo Cars is looking to finish what it loosely describes as a safety "triangle" by using in-car cameras and other sensors to prevent crashes and fatalies due to drunk or distracted drivers by 2021. Three-point belts thus quickly spread worldwide, which Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson told journalists "has probably saved over one million lives, not in Volvos only but in all brands". Chief Executive Officer Hakan Samuelsson hopes that the measures will save lives and make vehicle insurance less pricey for Volvo buyers.

Volvo Cars said it will equip all Volvo cars from model year 2021 with Care Key, which allows any Volvo customer to set a speed limit for themselves, their family members or friends.

The company will begin setting up the system on its cars as early as 2020 and, in order to further encourage safer roads, has also chose to set the car's maximum speed at 180kph. He added that while these actions and strategies could mean that Volvo could lose customers, it does open the door to parents who want the safest vehicle for their children.

Examples of this type of behavior include a lack of steering input for extended periods of time, closed or otherwise preoccupied eyes, as well as extreme weaving across lanes or excessively slow reaction times.

Volvo's new monitoring system aims to reduce the impacts of distracted and impaired driving.

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

Subaru already has a driver-monitoring camera in the Forester, created to force owners who take their eyes off the road to pay attention, but Volvo is promising to take things a step further, by using the semi-autonomous systems in its vehicles to take control.

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Volvo puts drunk drivers on notice

The move to introduce the advanced new safety kit follows on from the announcement that Volvo would introduce a self-imposed 180km/h speed limiter on all its cars by 2020.

Additionally the company will be bringing new cameras and sensors inside the vehicle that can notify the Volvo On Call assistance service if a driver is "not respond [ing] to warning signals".

Instead, Volvo plans a series of escalating alerts and interventions.

Project E.V.A. illustrates, based on Volvo Cars' own research data as well as several other studies, that women are more at risk for some injuries in a auto crash.

Volvo plans to begin introducing the cameras in the early 2020s, and is capping the maximum speed of new cars at 180kph to further encourage safer driving.

"We believe that a auto maker has a responsibility to help improve traffic safety", said Samuelsson.

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