Volvo will deploy in-car cameras to detect intoxicated drivers

Volvo once announced that by 2020, no one should be killed or seriously injured in their cars. In achieving that, they’ve announced a new addition to their SPA2 vehicle platforms due in the early 2020s – in-car cameras.

Intoxication and distraction has been singled out as the two primary areas of concern for traffic safety. Figures by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have shown that in the U.S., almost 30% of all road fatalities in vehicles in 2017 involved intoxicated drivers.

Details on the exact amount of cameras and their positions in the cabin have yet to be announced but Volvo says these sensors and in-cameras will monitor the driver and allow the car to intervene if the driver is detected to be intoxicated or distracted and did not respond to warning signals.

When the sensors detect a complete lack of steering input for extended periods of time, drivers having their eyes closed, weaving across lanes or reacting too slowly, the system will intervene.

These interventions could involve limiting the car’s speed, alerting the Volvo on Call assistance service and actively slowing down and safely parking the car – remotely.

This follows after the brand’s announcement recently that they’d be limiting the top speed on all its cars to 180 km/h from 2021. Although the company did say that it will look into whether car makers have the right or even obligation to install such systems in cars.



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