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New Volvo technology will monitor for drunk, distracted driving

Volvo Cars is making plans to install onboard vehicle cameras and sensors that will detect when Louisiana drivers are distracted or impaired. The Swedish automaker will begin installing the technology in the early 2020s.

According to Volvo, its new technology will monitor drivers for signs they are intoxicated or not paying attention and send warning signals. If the driver does not respond to the warnings, the technology will intervene by slowing down the vehicle and parking it in a safe location.

Volvo says the technology is part of its strategy to create vehicles that can prevent accidents, not just protect a car’s occupants during unavoidable crashes. To that end, the technology will monitor drivers for certain dangerous behaviors, including lack of steering effort and lack of attention for long periods of time, slow reaction times and weaving across lanes. In addition to its new driver monitoring technology, the automaker also recently announced that it will start limiting the speed of its vehicles to 112 mph, or 180 kph, in 2020. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 11,000 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2017.

Negligent driving behaviors like drunk driving and distracted driving cause thousands of car accidents each year. Victims of crashes caused by other drivers may have legal grounds to seek compensation for their losses. Typical damages sought in personal injury claims include current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and property loss. If a victim is killed, his or her next of kin could seek damages like funeral expenses, loss of income and loss of companionship. Injured parties could learn more about their legal options by consulting with a car accident attorney.

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