24 Jun 19

In-car cameras can monitor driver behaviour

Safety is good for your business. Apart from protecting your most valuable assets, your employees, it can also reduce the total cost of ownership of your fleet. At Volvo Cars we are committed to our vision of a future with zero traffic fatalities. This requires continuous technological development – but also a strategy to address the biggest remaining challenge we all face: driver behaviour.

To address this challenge, Volvo Cars is set to focus on the three key areas of driver behaviour in the car that contribute to avoidable fatalities and severe injury collisions: speeding, distraction and intoxication.
Finding ways to reduce or remove these behaviours is fully in-line with our Vision 2020: that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car.
Volvo Cars’ continued success in reducing driver, passenger and pedestrian injuries is based on a clear understanding of the causes and effects of severe injuries and fatalities in accidents. In a world where many accidents are caused by human behaviour, we believe that this must be a clear focus. 

The Care Key

The Volvo Care Key will enable car owners and fleet managers the option of limiting the top speed of their entire fleet of cars if they wish. This is designed to improve safety in general, and slow down repeat speeding offenders while reducing costs for your business. The Care Key will come as standard equipment from model year 2021. 
The unveiling of the Care Key follows the announcement that Volvo Cars will limit the top speed on all its cars to 180km/h (112mph) from 2020, in order to send a strong signal about the dangers of speeding. It can also reduce total cost of ownership in several ways. Volvo Cars is currently inviting insurance companies in several markets to offer favourable insurance premiums to Volvo drivers and fleet owners using speed limiters.
Specific deals and terms will depend on local market circumstances, but Volvo Cars expects to announce the first of several agreements with national insurance firms soon.

Driver monitoring cameras

Distraction and intoxication are the other two areas of driver behaviour which need to be addressed. 
Volvo Cars will introduce in-car driver monitoring cameras and sensors that function as early warning indicators of distracted driving, drowsiness, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The cameras and sensors will be fitted to cars on our next generation of product architecture, SPA2, from the early 2020s. They will allow the car to intervene if a clearly distracted or intoxicated driver does not respond to warning signals and is risking an accident involving serious injury or death.
Volvo Cars is determined to keep both your drivers and your fleet investment safe. 

Will these new initiatives help to improve fleet safety? Let us know what you think: volvocars.com/fleetsales