The Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo has claimed that by 2020, there will be no serious injuries or fatalities caused by its cars or SUVs. California motorists may be interested in the basis for such assertion, which Volvo says will be by its adding a variety of safety features aimed at helping drivers avoid accidents even if they are not paying attention.
A lane assist feature will ensure that drivers do not drift into another lane when it is not safe to do so. It is aimed mostly at tired or distracted drivers who may not realize that they are changing lanes. Cameras will also be able to help drivers keep tabs on the speed limit and become aware of any road hazards that may come their way.
Cameras may also be able to identify pedestrians or animals that are in a car's path. This may avoid a collision that hurts both the person or animal outside of the car and the person in the car. In addition to camera technology to keep people safe, adaptive cruise control can brake for a driver if his or her vehicle is too close to the one in front of it.
Volvo's promise is very bold, but it has been demonstrated that new technology can sometimes help to avoid a car crash. However, problems will continue to remain with drivers who are negligent in some fashion, such as being distracted by using a cellphone or getting behind the wheel after having had too much to drink. A person who is injured in an accident caused by such a driver may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to see how best to seek compensation for the losses such as medical expenses that have been incurred.