Volvo announced that by the ‘early 2020s’, it would equip all new cars with a driver monitoring system – comprising in-cabin cameras and other sensors in order to avoid accidents caused by driver distraction and drunk driving.
At its Safety Moment event in Gothenburg said that its vision is that no one should be killed or seriously injured in one of its cars and SUVs by 2020, and the driver monitoring system, along with the 180kph speed limit Volvo will impose in all new cars starting 2021, are steps to help make that vision a reality.
The system will be introduced on the next-generation Volvo models, which will be based on the SPA2 platform and will appear in the ‘early 2020s’. For now, Volvo has neither revealed the number of in-car cameras that will be part of the driver monitoring system, nor their position. However, the test XC90 equipped with the system had an in-car camera mounted on the A-pillar.
Volvo also unveiled what it calls the Care Key, which allows a Volvo owner to set a speed limit for themselves, their family members or friends. The key will come standard on all model year 2021 Volvo cars and SUVs.