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Volvo Plans To Develop Cars To Slow Or Stop Drunk Or Erratic Drivers

Volvo Plans To Develop Cars To Slow Or Stop Drunk Or Erratic Drivers

By Sofy Robertson

Photo by Florian van Duyn on Unsplash

Volvo Cars is planning to install cameras in its next generation of autos with sensors that will detect drunk or distracted drivers and intervene to stop dangerous journeys.

From the early 2020s, Volvos will be able to notice if a driver is clearly intoxicated or erratic and allow the car to intervene if the driver does not heed warning signals. The vehicle could then limit its speed, alert an assistance service or, as a “final course of action”, slow down and park itself. (Bloomberg)

These plans follow on from an earlier announcement that Volvo will introduce a 180 kilometres-per-hour speed limit on all vehicles from 2020. Chief Executive Officer Hakan Samuelsson hopes that the measures will save lives and reduce the cost of car insurance for Volvo buyers. The company also hopes that insurance providers will be able to offer more favourable insurance policies to Volvo owners who use its safety features. Samuelsson is “quite sure” these features will result in “less accidents”.

Volvo hopes that the proposed cameras and sensors will be able to detect lack of steering input for extended periods of time, drivers with their eyes closed and “extreme weaving across lanes” or “excessively slow reaction times”.

In addition, Volvo plans to introduce a feature called the Care Key which will enable temporary speed limits for customers lending their cars to a younger relative, for example. Samuelsson explained:

“Many want to be able to share their car with friends and family, but are unsure about how to make sure they are safe on the road. The Care Key provides one good solution and extra peace of mind.”

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