Volvo engineers said that automakers are likely responsible for stopping fatal crashes that involve distracted or impaired drivers. A senior safety official from Volvo, Trent Victor, claimed that many vehicular accidents occur because of intoxicated drivers. Some people believe, even now, that they can safely drive after having a drink or two and that the alcohol doesn’t affect their capabilities to drive. The automaker does not want people to be put in danger if they are intoxicated.
How It Works
The cameras are designed to be pointed at the driver and can detect eye movement to determine where the driver is looking while in the car. Volvo claims that if the sensors inside the cameras detect intoxication or inattention, the car can alert the driver and possibly slow down. If the driver still doesn’t respond, Volvo representatives can call into the car to talk to the driver. If the driver doesn’t or can’t respond, the representative can tell the car to pull over and park itself while alerting emergency responders.
Volvo has not decided yet if it is going to allow the feature to be disabled by drivers and the automaker isn’t sure what could happen if the owner of the vehicle obstructs the camera’s view.
Volvo hopes to have the in-car cameras on cars built within the next decade. The XC90 crossover is likely to be included.