By using new and improved technology, Volvo says that by 2020 it will introduce vehicles that will keep its drivers and occupants completely safe from injury and death. This could be good news for New York motorists who have to deal with the daily challenges of rush hour commuting.
The Swedish auto manufacturer plans on creating its death-proof cars by utilizing information it has collected regarding the amount of Volvo drivers severely injured or killed in a crash. Then, the company will use a combination of certain autonomous technologies to its vehicles in hopes of reducing the amount of injuries and deaths.
Besides improving the interior of its cars with updated restraints and airbags, Volvo will use a number of smart features, such as lane assistance and adaptive cruise control on its future line of safe cars. With lane assist, for instance, cameras can detect and alert drivers who begin to stray from their lane, or if there are any road hazards or obstacles ahead. It can also alert motorists to posted speed limits. As for adaptive cruise control, Volvo already has this on many of its vehicles. This safety feature not only allows drivers to set their vehicle's speed, it also maintains the right amount of distance from other cars and warns the driver of a possible collision. If drivers fail to react, it will apply the vehicle's brakes to avoid or minimize an impact.
Though more advanced, self-driving vehicles rely heavily on technology similar to cameras used in the lane assist feature. Besides Google's self-driving vehicle program, car manufacturers Telsa and Ford are in the process of creating fully autonomous cars as well.
Although self-driving cars may have innovative technologies to help keep drivers and occupants safe, a negligent driver can still cause a serious car accident. Those critically injured in such accidents may wish to pursue compensation with the help of a personal injury attorney.
Source:: Extreme Tech, "Volvo says it will make 'death-proof' cars by 2020", Ryan Whitwam, Jan. 20, 2016