Your subsequent Volvo will not allow you to drive drunk or distracted

Daniel Fowler
March 23, 2019

Volvo has taken to tackling the issue of drunk driving and fatigue at the wheel with a new in-car system who will keep a close watch on the drivers for signs of intoxication or distraction and apply all the necessary measures it can in order to keep them safe.

This follows Volvo's recent announcement that it will be limiting the top speed on all of its vehicles to 112 miles per hour in a bid to reduce traffic fatalities.

Just a few weeks ago, Volvo announced that they will belimiting the top speed on all their products in the very near future.

Volvo has always had a reputation for pioneering auto safety technology.

If the auto thinks that it's being driven under the influence, it could alert assistance services, warn the driver or potentially even bring the vehicle to a stop.

With the Care Key, owners will be able to set limitations on the car's top speed should they have to hand over the keys to family members or friends.

"When it comes to safety, our aim is to avoid accidents altogether rather than limit the impact when an accident is imminent and unavoidable", explained Henrik Green, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Cars.

This is in line with Volvo's efforts to promote safe driving. Hopefully, you don't need these technologies to remind you when you're too wasted to drive.

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"We're making this data, these publications easily accessible and available for everybody", Volvo's Lotta Jakobsson said of the company's crash data.

Volvo has revealed that it is willing to sacrifice speed and torque - a vehicle owner's dream - for safety and less passenger fatalities.

New model Volvo vehicles will automatically pull over and call for assistance if a driver is driving erratically or not focusing on the road, the manufacturer has announced.

Those warning signals could include extended periods of non-steering, eye behaviour detection and overly slow or exaggerated driver reactions, like swerving or braking.

Volvo plans to introduce the cameras starting in 2020.

The company will start implementing in-car cameras on its new models based on the SPA2 platform, which means the system should arrive in early 2020.

According to the NHTSA, nearly 30% of all traffic fatalities in the 2017 involved intoxicated drivers, which is why Volvo believes that actively monitoring them is the best way to prevent a tragedy.

"We believe that a carmaker has a responsibility to help improve traffic safety".

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