Volvo tech to stop vehicle if cameras detect intoxicated driver

Volvo tech to stop vehicle if cameras detect intoxicated driver

Volvo tech to stop vehicle if cameras detect intoxicated driver

Volvo has been the driving force behind crash safety development, and in many situations they have unwittingly become the industry standard.

On Wednesday, Volvo said that it will begin equipping its new cars and SUVs with interior-facing cameras created to monitor a driver's attention to the road.

Volvo's latest active safety feature will involve installing cameras and sensors in its cars directed at the driver as early as next year.

That might sound pretty drastic, but Volvo is keen to point out that the system is only for cases where there's clearly a major problem; the auto won't pull over or phone home if you glance away briefly or adjust your posture.

The system is set to be rolled out in next-generation Volvo models utilizing the SPA2 platform, alongside the automaker's electronically limited top speed of 180 km/h.

Volvo is showcasing new technology that may prevent fatal accidents involving impairment, speeding, and distraction.

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.

If, for instance, a clearly drunk or distracted motorist doesn't respond to warning signals, the vehicle could automatically intervene by limiting its speed, alerting the Volvo on Call assistance service, or even slowing down and parking the auto.

In this instance, the vision is to allow the car's safety features to enforce reactionery measures such as reducing speed, alerting Volvo's on-call assistant service or automatically parking the auto on the side of the road.

"Some people still believe that they can drive after having had a drink, and that this will not affect their capabilities".

If such a thing happens, a member of Volvo's on-call assistance team will then attempt to make contact with the driver via the auto.

"And that provides in-depth information, which is a world of information ... of the injury mechanisms and the occupants' different needs for protection", Lotta Jakobsson, senior technical specialist at Volvo Cars Safety Center, told journalists.

The amount of cameras and their positioning is yet to be confirmed. The Swedish firm divided opinion among drivers earlier this month, when it announced it would be capping the maximum speed of its new cars from 2020, limiting them to 112 miles per hour. Insurers, he added, are "tough guys and they will want to see proof, but I'm quite sure there will be fewer accidents".

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

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