Driver Facing Cameras May Prevent AccidentsMay 8, 2019
Accidents happen every day due to a variety of different causes. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, there were over 34,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2017 that resulted in over 37,000 deaths. The most common causes of car accident injuries and deaths include distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, and young or inexperienced drivers. Although extremely common, car accidents are preventable.
Volvo is now turning its attention to accident prevention by focusing on the driver behind the wheel. The plan is to install driver-facing cameras in all of their cars during the next few years. These cameras will be able to detect drunk and distracted driving. If detected, the vehicle’s safety system will activate, which includes alerting the Volvo On Call assistance service or slowing down and parking the car.
Pros and Cons of Driver-Facing Cameras
Volvo is aware that the idea of driver-facing cameras may be intrusive and come with privacy concerns, and they want to start a discussion about the rights and obligations the company has when installing equipment that monitors driver behavior. Yet, front-facing cameras may reduce liability and ultimately save lives. The company has been working on front-facing cameras for years. The camera would be able to tell which family member is driving the car and adjust the settings accordingly.
Tips to Avoid a Car Accident
Front-facing cameras may help reduce the risk of a car accident, but it does not diminish the possibility completely. To avoid an accident, you should:
- Avoid distractions that include using a cellphone, wearing headphones, holding a conversation with passengers, and turning to look at children in the backseat.
- Eating while driving is dangerous and can cause accidents. A small snack is fine when behind the wheel, but a full meal is a bad idea.
- Avoid driving when you are tired or fatigued. If you have been on the road for a long period of time and are feeling tired, pull over to the side of the road.
- Pay attention to blind spots and make sure that your mirrors are correctly adjusted before you begin driving.
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