New York drivers may be interested in one of the world's leading automaker's claim that it will create 'death-proof" vehicles by the year 2020. Volvo has historically monitored the safety of its vehicles, but it believes that the adoption of autonomous technologies will result in no serious injuries or fatalities by that date. Multiple smart features are already installed in the Swedish auto company's vehicles, including adaptive cruise control.
Volvo plans to use a new technology known as lane assistance to improve the safety of its vehicles. Lane assistance uses cameras to detect lanes and send an alert to drivers who start to drift on the road. This technology has already been evaluated and found to decrease the number of accidents caused by drowsy or distracted drivers, and it can also identify road signs and hazards. Cameras will be put to use to monitor for pedestrian activity near a vehicle as well.
Many self-driving cars already use camera technology to identify obstacles on the road. This technology alerts drivers if someone is in the path of a vehicle and allows for automatic braking. Cameras are also used to identify animals and other large objects on the road.
Unfortunately, until the day arrives where technology completely takes over, motor vehicle accidents will continue to be caused by motorists who get behind the wheel after having had too much to drink, those who are distracted by using a cellphone or who are otherwise negligent. A personal injury attorney can often be of assistance to a person who has been harmed in such an accident in seeking compensation from the at-fault driver for the losses that the victim has sustained.