Swedish automaker Volvo has made a promise that could make the roads safer for drivers in Maryland and around the world. By 2020, Volvo promises that there will be no serious injuries or fatalities in its cars and SUVs. This comes after a history of research into the injury and fatality rates among Volvo's drivers and passengers. While Volvo is a leader in autonomous driving technology, the automaker is joined by Google, Ford and Tesla in its pursuit of safer driverless technology.
While 'death-proof" vehicles may not yet be available, Volvo has adopted many different technologies aimed at making vehicles safer. In combination, the smart technologies help minimize the effects of driver error and reduce the likelihood of a serious accident. Such technology includes adaptive cruise control, which allows drivers to set a maximum speed and applies the brakes if needed. Improved airbags and occupant restraints have also been adopted to make vehicles safer.