Volvo new driving sensing technology

Volvo's new safety technology

Volvo are well known for their obsession with vehicle safety, making new innovations such as their Side Impact Protection System and their recent safety technology. Now they have moved their focus onto one of the main causes of accidents which is driver alertness. All the new clever technology being created won’t stop a car from crashing into something if the driver nods off, until now.


Volvo’s new technology


The new technology from the Swedish manufacturer, dubbed Driver State Estimation, is aimed to take it’s active safety systems a step further by using infrared sensors to analyse a driver behind the wheel. These sensors bathe the driver in invisible light and can use this to tell if the driver is paying attention or about to nod off, based on eye movements and positions in the seat.


Even if you’ve just diverted you gaze away from the road momentarily to change the radio station, the system will alert you to any oncoming obstacles. It can also recommend drivers take a break, should it detect their eyelids becoming too heavy.


The system will work in conjunction with already available active safety technology, which prevents a car from wandering out of lane or getting too close to the car in front.


Per Landfors, engineer at Volvo Cars and project leader for driver support functions, commented, “Since the car is able to detect if a driver is not paying attention, safety systems can be adapted more effectively. For example, the car’s support systems can be activated later on if the driver is focused, and earlier if the driver’s attention is directed elsewhere. This will enable the driver to be able to rely a bit more on their car, and know that it will help them when needed.”


When will Volvo’s new technology become available?


The new safety system has already been trialled in various test cars, so could soon be making it’s way to the showroom after debuting in a Volvo model. It is one of the company’s many initiatives which it is working on as part of it’s ‘Vision 2020′, in which it aims to reduce the number of people killed in an accident involving a Volvo to 0.


Volvo’s new technology could also have other applications, including ‘recognising’ the driver and tailoring the car’s seating position and heating preferences automatically to suit.

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