Many people in Ohio have good reason to be concerned about the dangers of drunk driving. In 2017 alone, 10,874 people were killed across the country due to car accidents caused by drunk drivers. Public awareness campaigns and intensified law enforcement activities have all come in response to the drunk driving threat and aim to prevent further roadway fatalities. One automaker is looking in a different direction to find a technological solution to the problem of drunk driving.
Volvo Cars has announced that it plans to launch a semi-autonomous system in its new vehicles in the early 2020s that would allow a car to detect signs of drunk driving and move the vehicle toward safety. The system would include cameras and sensors inside the car that would pick up on indications that the driver may be intoxicated. It would measure indicators like a driver's closed eyes for a long period, failure to move his or her hands on the wheel or a sudden weaving between lanes. Before acting, the system would set off a warning signal. If the driver does not respond, the system would take over. It could slow down the car or even pull it over to the roadside.
Volvo said that the intent of the technology is to reduce the risk of severe car accidents associated with death or severe injury. It is not the only safety mechanism Volvo has announced; the automaker also said that it would install a mandatory 112 mph speed limit in all of its vehicles produced after 2020.
Drunk drivers can cause serious damage on the road; drivers under the influence are responsible for thousands of catastrophic motor vehicle accidents each year. People who have been injured as a result of someone else's drunk driving may want to work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for their damages.