Volvo previously announced its goal to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in its new cars by 2020. Volvo says that it has realised technology alone will not achieve this goal, so it has broadened its scope to focus on driver behaviour. In its quest to completely eliminate driver deaths, Volvo is taking more drastic steps to reduce accidents. Starting in the early 2020s, Volvo will put cameras inside its vehicles to monitor a driver for unsafe behaviours.
Volvo says there are many ways to detect an impaired driver. A car could detect a lack of steering input, extreme lane weaving, and slow reaction times, and take a look at the driver's eye movement. In the case that a driver seems impaired, the car could react by reducing its speed or alerting the Volvo on Call support service. As a last resort, it could slow down and safely bring itself to a stop.
In order to understand the role of the driver, the XC90s used in the Drive Me project are equipped with a driver monitoring camera. This camera also secures that the driver keeps his/her eyes on the road. The technology will be used to monitor drivers and, when needed, enable the car “to intervene if a clearly intoxicated or distracted driver does not respond to warning signals and is risking an accident involving serious injury or death.