Louisiana Volvo drivers may be safer in a few years if the company's promise comes true that by 2020, no one will be killed or seriously injured in its vehicles. The company plans to use a combination of technology that is already in some of its cars with technology that is being developed for driverless cars to continue making its vehicles safer.
One innovation that already exists in several Volvos is adaptive cruise control. This means that radar will detect a safe following distance from other cars, and if necessary, the car may brake to avoid an accident. Cameras can detect when a car fails to maintain its lane due to distraction or drowsiness. They can also detect speed limits on signs or hazard warnings and make adjustments accordingly.
Cameras are also useful for detecting pedestrians in the vicinity and even wildlife. If the driver does not respond quickly enough to an alert about the danger, the car itself can do so. Volvo's integration of technology from the development of self-driving cars into these vehicles may help to speed acceptance of fully driverless cars with regulators as well as with customers.
While technology is making cars safer all the time, there are still many accidents that result in serious injury. Whether these accidents are caused by distracted drivers or those who are driving under the influence , the injured person may face a long recovery period. Injured people who do not receive adequate compensation from the insurance company of the driver responsible for an accident may want to consider discussing the situation with an attorney, as filing a lawsuit against the at-fault motorist may be advisable.