Future Volvo cars will pull over if they detect their driver is drunk

Future Volvo cars will pull over if they detect their driver is drunk
Future Volvo cars will pull over if they detect their driver is drunk

Future Volvo cars will sport technology capable of analysing if their driver is drunk and autonomously pulling over to the side of the road, the Swedish car maker has confirmed.

The vehicles will be fitted with interior cameras and other sensors to monitor the car’s driver, allowing autonomous systems to take control and safely park the car in the event of poor driving.

The new cars’ safety intervention methods also including calling Volvo’s on call assistance service if it senses its driver is intoxicated, where human advisors will attempt to speak to the driver.

Volvo's graph of dangerous behaviour (Photo: Volvo)
Volvo’s graph of dangerous behaviour (Photo: Volvo)

Volvo plans on introducing the cameras from early 2020, before all of the company’s cars are limited to a top speed of 112mph in 2021.

“There are many accidents that occur as a result of intoxicated drivers,” said Trent Victor, Professor of Driver Behaviour at Volvo Cars. “Some people still believe that they can drive after having had a drink, and that this will not affect their capabilities.

“We want to ensure that people are not put in danger as a result of intoxication.”

The number of drink-driving casualties in Great Britain was reported to have reached a four-year high in August last year, after the Department for Transport released figures estimating 9,040 people were injured or killed on Britain’s roads in 2016 in incidents where a driver was over the alcohol limit.

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 20: In this photo illustration the photographer holds up a smartphone showing the Uber app and nearby Uber taxis as regular taxis stand behind at Tegel Airport on November 20, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Uber, the American taxi service, is making a second attempt at establishing itself on the German market. When Uber first attempted to launch its service in Germany several years ago it quickly ran afoul of German authorities, leading to a ban on Uber's classic freelancing car-taxi service accept for the cities of Berlin and Munich. Now Uber is trying again, this time seeking to stay within German laws and to gain the confidence of German lawmakers. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Uber has patented anti-drunk technology (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Between 220 and 250 people were killed in drink-drive accidents, with a central estimate of 230 fatalities, up from 200 deaths in 2015.

Autonomous cars will call police on drunk drivers

Ride-hailing app Uber may also be working technology that could detect if riders are drunk, which could lead to potential difficulty in being matched to a driver.

The company filed a patent, published in June last year, for an AI system that could identify if a user is acting “uncharacteristically” by looking at their behaviour as they order their ride, including unusual typos while using the app, walking speeds, the angle a phone is being held and whether the user is swaying as they input their request.