Volvo’s Drunk Driving Prevention Car Could Save Lives

Volvo Cars to deploy in-car cameras and intervention against intoxication and distraction.

Automakers are doing their best to come up with ways to keep the roads safe. Volvo wants to release its drunk driving prevention car in 2020. Learn more here.

Volvo’s Drunk Driving Prevention Car Could Save Lives

Americans die every day from drunk driving crashes—almost 30 people a day, according to the NHTSA. This number is about a third lower than it was three decades ago, but drunk driving remains a huge problem and claims thousands of lives each year. This amount is still far too high.

Various technologies can help combat the amount of drivers and passengers injured or killed in these crashes. Some apps prevent you from using your phone in the car, and many cars feature systems that warn you if you begin crossing into a different lane without a turn signal. Car companies are doing their best to prevent crashes from happening.

A drunk driving prevention car has been a topic of conversation since 2007, when Nissan released a concept vehicle with anti-drunk driving technology. Sadly, these proposed safety measures haven’t found their way into real automobiles—until now.

Volvo’s Drunk Driving Prevention Car
Swedish automaker Volvo has taken steps to eliminate passenger fatalities for years. It introduced the three-point safety belt in 1962, and it has worked hard ever since to come up with new ways to bring safe driving practices to the roads.

Today, Volvo is reinforcing its reputation for safe driving by installing cameras and sensors in its cars to help prevent drunk driving crashes. Volvo plans to release these measures, which will also monitor drivers for signs of distracted or drunk driving, in the early 2020s.

How Will It Work?
Volvo plans to use in-car cameras, numerous sensors, and other autonomous technology to monitor drivers and intervene when necessary. For example, if you start swerving, close your eyes for too long, or drive too fast, the car’s driver assist system and other safety systems will bring the car safely to a stop. If the car thinks the driver is distracted or impaired, it will begin a series of intrusive steps:

Give a warning signal

Limit the car’s speed

Place a call from the car’s On Call assistance service

Bring the car safely to a stop

Is This Too Intrusive?
Many people believe that these measures are too intrusive and that they’re an invasion of privacy. However, Volvo wants everyone to recognize that if car companies don’t bring safety to the roads, then deaths will continue to happen. These technologies will make the roads safer.
Fortunately, you have time to wrap your head around these vehicles’ abilities and the ethics behind their creation. Volvo thinks it will be about five to ten more years before the cars become widely available. Until then, however, remaining aware of your alcohol limits is utterly important. Driving under the influence of intoxicants isn’t just deadly — it can also lead to a host of problems related to your mental health and relationships.

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