Volvo has a reputation for using the number of serious injuries and deaths that occur when its customers drive its vehicles to make them safer. California Volvo owners might be happy to learn that the automaker has promised that, by 2020, they will not suffer serious injuries or deaths in its vehicles.
Volvo plans to combine enhanced interior features, such as air bags and restraints, and advanced autonomous technologies, which are already making vehicles smarter. The automaker uses a variety of smart technology in its vehicles already, including adaptive cruise control that allows drivers to establish a maximum speed and utilizes a radar to keep them a safe gap between the vehicle ahead of them, applying the brakes if necessary. Volvo wants to take this further by developing full crash avoidance to warn drivers when an accident is likely and apply the brakes to at least minimize the impact or avoid it altogether.
The car manufacturer also plans to utilize lane assistance technology, which is rather new in the industry. It uses cameras to identify lanes and warn drivers if they start to drift, reducing the rate of distracted-driving and fatigue-related crashes. The cameras can identify road signs to notify drivers of hazards ahead and speed limits.
Additionally, there are plans to use cameras to identify pedestrians and large animals similar to how self-driving vehicles use cameras to detect obstacles in the road. Volvo's technology would warn drivers of pedestrians and obstacles and apply the brakes automatically. The automaker is also in the early stages of developing driverless technology and believes that self-driving vehicles will become the safest option.
Despite advances in technology, negligent drivers continue to cause motor vehicle accidents. A person who has been injured in a crash caused by a distracted or impaired motorist may want the help of a personal injury attorney in attempting to obtain compensation from the at-fault driver for medical expenses and other losses.