Drunk driving kills. Anyone who has been in a car accident, especially one that was caused by a drunk or distracted driver, will tell you that they wished there were more safety measures available to protect them. Car manufacturers today have been steadily designing more and more safety and driver protection features, whether it is anti-lock brakes, vehicle detection sensors or even auto-steering. Self-driving cars are now touted as the ultimate driver safety feature. One manufacturer, however, is developing technology geared specifically to protect other drivers from drunk or distracted driver. If the new auto technology that is being developed by Volvo is successful, the chances of you being injured by a drunken motorist could drop significantly.
The Swedish automaker recently announced that it has been working on technology that will allow a car to gauge whether the driver is impaired or driving while under the influence of alcohol. If the technology determines that the driver is indeed impaired and could be at risk of causing an accident, the car will actually report the driver to the police.
Volvo’s autonomous technology has already blazed trails with its forward collision warning systems and other technologies that take over control of the automobile when a motorist is at risk of crashing with objects or pedestrians in the car’s path. Now, the Swedish automaker is designing technology that will go one step further in cracking down on drunk, or even distracted, driving.