While a reckless driver on a Washington highway might be able to wreak havoc by causing a deadly crash in even the safest of vehicles, Volvo is hoping to increase safety features to the point at which concerned drivers will be well-protected from deadly incidents. Some of the company’s current safety technologies would continue to be used, being expanded to address even more areas of vulnerability on the roads. Additional technologies could complement those that now exist to minimize driving risks.
Autonomous technologies are being used by various manufacturers. These include Volvo options such as adaptive cruise control. This feature makes it possible to set a maximum speed that the vehicle can reduce as needed to ensure that a safe following distance is maintained. Collision avoidance could be incorporated into this technology to implement braking when a driver does not respond to a warning of impending impact. Volvo also expects to use camera features to facilitate lane alerts and corrections when drivers drift or doze. Cameras might also be used to identify road features such as speed limit signs.
Volvo has stated that its death-proof vehicles will be in place by 2020. Like some other companies, it is also working on the development of automobiles that will be completely autonomous. The public may be skeptical about the claims of a death-proof vehicle, especially in light of computer issues that have affected some manufacturers in recent years. However, improved safety standards could prove advantageous as lives and money are saved over time.
Auto injuries attributed to the failure of a mechanical or safety system in a vehicle could result in serious or even deadly outcomes for motorists and their passengers. It might be difficult to identify the source of such a system failure right away, but if an examination of an involved vehicle by a victim’s attorney produces information about a system problem, the manufacturer could be responsible for the damages suffered in an accident.