Worldwide, an estimated 1.2 million people die in road accidents every year. In the United States alone, there were over 35,000 traffic fatalities last year, with the leading cause being human error whether it is drunk driving, distracted driving or aggressive driving.
There is always a chance of an accident taking place even with mirrors, sensors, airbags and other safety features. This is where Volvo comes in with a company vision that by 2020, no one should be killed or seriously injured while driving in a new Volvo vehicle.
Volvo plans to incorporate its next-gen cars with computers that will have a 360 degree view of their surroundings. In order to avoid an accident, new technology in Volvo cars like collision warning with auto braking and city safety will warn and assist drivers in difficult situations.
Future Volvo cars will be able to communicate and exchange information with the infrastructure in other vehicles on the road with the help of a number of technologies such as camera, radar and GPS.
The system will scan for pedestrians, cyclists and any other vehicle around it in order to anticipate their movements. In addition, the system will either have the car find an ‘escape route’, brake automatically, or steer the car to avoid the accident before it happens.