The Swedish automaker continues its fight against car accidents and fatalities.
"When it comes to safety, our aim is to avoid accidents altogether rather than limit the impact when an accident is imminent and unavoidable."
-Henrik Green, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Cars.
In conjunction with game-changing safety features in all of its autos, Volvo is incorporating the use of in-car cameras that detect if a driver is distracted or intoxicated in all of their new cars by early 2020.
Volvo’s in-car cameras will watch the driver's eye movements, as well as sense if the driver's hands come off the steering wheel. Should this happen, a representative from Volvo's On-Call Assistance Service will call in and see if the driver is indeed inhibited. If the driver fails to respond to the Volvo representative, the car will slow down or come to a complete stop.
There were 628 traffic fatalities in Colorado in 2018, and with all the ride-share apps and education on drunk and distracted driving, one would think that number should be closer to zero. If you're tired of seeing preventable road fatalities in the news on a weekly basis, it would make perfect sense if you championed this feature in every new car and truck on the road. It's time that we let automakers take matters into their own hands if it means more lives will be saved.
Did a seatbelt save your life? You can thank Volvo for that and the many other safety features they invented ...