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Volvo's "death-proof" car promise

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.

Lane assistance is a powerful safety technology that Volvo plans to use in its vehicles. This technology utilizes camera surveillance to reduce accidents caused by drivers drifting out of their lanes, whether due to tiredness or distraction. The cameras can also identify road signs and alert drivers to speed limits, hazards and pedestrians close to a vehicle. The same technology is used by autonomous vehicles to navigate the hazards of the road.

While autonomous driving technology may make the roads safer in the future, negligent driving still causes thousands of collisions each year. A person who has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted, impaired or drowsy motorist may want to have the assistance of an attorney in pursuing compensation for the losses that have been incurred.

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