Volvo Cars has announced a plan to install new technology in its vehicles that would prevent drunk driving crashes. Starting in the early 2020s, it will use in-vehicle cameras and sensors to observe driver behavior and check for any indications of intoxication or distraction. Volvo owners in Pennsylvania may want to know more.
The cameras and sensors are designed to provide warning signals when they detect those symptoms of intoxication or distraction. Potential signs include weaving out of lanes, displaying extremely slow reaction times or barely touching the steering wheel over extended periods of time. If the driver does not respond to the onboard warning signals, the vehicle could intervene by limiting the speed or by slowing down and parking.
This announcement comes in the wake of another one that Volvo made. In March 2019, the automaker stated that it would limit the speed on all its vehicles to 180 km/h (about 112 mph) beginning in 2020.
Drunk driving crashes kill around 30 people in the U.S. every day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA says that drunk driving crashes resulted in 10,874 deaths in the U.S. back in 2017.
Victims of drunk driving crashes may be left with medical expenses, pain and suffering and perhaps a diminished capacity to work. A victim who wishes to pursue a claim may want to see a lawyer who could negotiate with the at-fault party's auto insurance company. If a settlement cannot be agreed upon, the lawyer may prepare the case for court. Personal injury lawyers usually have a network of professionals who can investigate a crash, find proof of negligence and determine the extent of a victim's injuries.