Volvo to add in-car sensors to prevent drunk driving

Volvo to add in-car sensors to prevent drunk driving

The introduction of the new drink driver detecting technology forms part of Volvo's "Vision 2020" pledge, that aims to stamp out traffic accident fatalities in new Volvo cars by 2020. Volvo said all cars from model year 2021 on will be limited to a top speed of 112 miles per hour.

Just a few weeks ago, Volvo announced that they will belimiting the top speed on all their products in the very near future. Although the target now seems like an impossible achievement, Volvo has impressed time and time again with innovative features that make the roads safer.

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.

While the strategy meant Volvo, owned by China's Geely, might lose some customers keen on high speeds, it also opened opportunities to win parents who wanted to buy the safest vehicle to carry their children, he said.

"We have data on tens of thousands of real-life accidents, to help ensure our cars are as safe as they can be for what happens in real traffic", says Lotta Jakobsson, professor and senior technical specialist at Volvo Cars Safety Centre. Photo: Volvo Car Group.

"The company wants to start a conversation about whether vehicle makers have the right or maybe even the obligation to install technology in cars that changes their drivers' behavior", Green said.

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Although speed limiting is a relatively simple implementation, driver monitoring has many more variables and requires a complex identification and response system. Instead, it plans to focus on extreme behaviors, that might lead to serious injury or death.

Intervention if the driver is found to be drunk, exhausted or distracted by checking a mobile phone could involve limiting the car's speed, alerting the Volvo on Call assistance service, or slowing down and parking the vehicle, it said.

According to Volvo, vehicles based on the SPA platform with get the new safety tech first in the early 2020s but a specific date hasn't been given when exactly vehicles like the XC90 will be available with the advanced driver monitoring aids.

Volvo has announced that soon all of its new cars will come with cameras that can tell if the driver has had one too many.

If the Volvo determines the driver is in danger, it would take action.

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