Deathproof Cars Could Be on the Roads by 2020 [infographic]
Volvo, the well-known Swedish automaker, is planning to launch a series of self-driving, death-proof vehicles by 2020. With the help of autonomous technologies, the company is promising no serious injuries or fatalities in their cars or SUVs. Volvo has always promoted vehicle safety through car design that focuses on injury prevention, but the announcement of death-proof vehicles is a first. If you or a family member was seriously injured in a car accident, or you lost a loved one, call a Las Vegas accident attorney at Cogburn Law Offices today for a free case consultation.
The Safety Features to Make Cars Deathproof
Most Volvo vehicles already have the availability of autonomous driving technologies. By combining these technologies with other safety features, Volvo hopes to make crashproof vehicles that will prevent serious injuries and fatalities in the future.
Collision avoidance systems use cameras, sensors, or radar to detect obstacles in the vehicle’s path and alert drivers to apply the brakes to avoid collisions. If the driver does not react, the car automatically applies the brakes to avoid a crash or reduce the impact of a crash.
Auto Lane Assist
Auto lane assist uses small cameras that are mounted on the vehicle’s side mirrors. These sensitive cameras can detect lane lines and road edges to help steer the car and keep it in the correct lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Already available on many new cars, adaptive cruise control uses sensors and radar to detect vehicles on the road ahead. After a driver sets a maximum cruise control speed, the car maintains a safe following distance on its own and safely operates the gas and the brakes. The feature works on fast moving highways, as well as in stop-and-go traffic.
Volvo’s pedestrian detection system uses special cameras that include night vision features to detect human forms in front of and around the vehicle. If the camera detects a pedestrian, sounds alert the driver to apply the brakes to prevent pedestrian accidents. If the driver doesn’t react, the brakes are automatically applied.
Large Animal Detection
Most drivers are aware that hitting large animals like a deer, moose or elk on the road can cause significant injuries to people and animals, as well as damages to a vehicle. Volvo’s large animal detection system can detect a large animal in front of the vehicle and alert the driver to apply the brakes before a crash occurs.