Volvo Reports Fatigued Drivers Similar to Drunk Drivers

By: Glady Reign

With the auto industry producing more and more automobiles every year, it can be expected that the number of accidents involving vehicles will also increase. Numbers gathered by government agencies all over the world suggest that the number of traffic accidents has yet to decline.

Reducing the number of vehicle related accidents has become one of the major issues faced by car manufacturers today. Various safety features have already been developed and are credited for saving lives around the world. While these safety features are good steps towards ensuring the safety of consumers, the research and development of car companies with regards to safety features is far from over. That is why Volvo has undertaken a research to find out the effect of fatigue on drivers for this is also one major cause of vehicle mishaps.

Volvo Trucks, the world's second largest truck and bus manufacturer, has undertaken the study and has found similarities between fatigued drivers and drunk drivers. This finding shows that drowsy drivers are as prone to accidents as drunk drivers. The research also incorporates studies done by medical experts. These researches found out that the number of fatalities caused by traffic accidents will be reduced significantly if the drowsy drivers are not permitted to drive. This research is one of Volvo's programs that is aimed at developing safety features for their trucks and buses. It is widely known fact that Volvo is the leader in producing safe vehicles. In fact, the strongest selling point of trucks, buses, and cars from the Volvo brand is their relative safety.

Volvo conducted a real life test to fully understand the effect of drowsiness on drivers. The company used real cars and real drivers in the research. The Swedish government has given Volvo the permission to conduct such tests. In conducting the study, Volvo used a wide array of sensors and cameras to monitor the driver. The results of the tests can be used to develop safety features which will identify drowsy drivers. This is the first step in controlling drowsy drivers from operating a vehicle. It is indeed necessary that a driver should be always be on the alert when behind the wheel. Even a Volvo vehicle with a high performance engine and the best and loaded with safety features is not enough to eliminate the risk of traffic accidents.

The research conducted by Volvo can be seen as the first step in developing another safety feature. Currently, Volvo is already using a wide array of safety features for their vehicles. One of these safety features is the tire pressure monitoring system. This feature warns the driver if the car's or truck's tires are over inflated or under inflated. In the United States, this feature is mandatory for new vehicles. Warning the driver as to the status of tire pressure is important in the sense that it reduces the risk of tire blowout. Blowing a tire out at high speed is very risky and the tire pressure monitoring system reduces that risk.

Another safety feature being used by Volvo is the adaptive cruise control system. This feature uses radar or a laser and sensors to determine the distance of a car from a vehicle in front of it. This system maintains a safe distance between the two vehicles. When the distance between two vehicles has reached the preset distance, the system will prime the brake of the vehicle and will tighten the seat belts. This feature automatically engages when the vehicle reaches a preset speed. Volvo uses this feature as either a standard or an optional feature for their vehicles. Aside from these two safety features, Volvo will also offer different safety features aimed at reducing the possibility of an accident. Volvo also offers safety features which reduces the risk of death or severe injury as a result of traffic accidents.

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