Residents of Phoenix Arizona spend an inordinate amount of time on the road. As with anything in life, the more you do something, the more likely you are to be injured doing it. This is especially true, and important, for driving time. There is a reason that we rank car safety, and there is a reason that we test vehicles in simulated crashes for hidden weaknesses and dangers, because we want our families to be safe on the road.
Volvo has announced a solution to this concern for residents of Phoenix Arizona and the world. The Death Proof Car. Psychologists, safety engineers, and other human factors specialists understand that our human instincts and reactions do not always suit us to the modern technological world. Studies show that in half of all rear end collisions the brakes are never even applied, the person behind the wheel simply freezes up and shuts down. And even when the breaks are applied, it is usually done far too late, roughly 1.1 seconds after being alerted of a danger. 1.1 seconds may not seem like a lot of time, but in the midst of an auto accident, this little slice of time can make all of the difference. Knowing our limitations as human beings, what is the next logical step we can take towards creating safer roadways for Phoenix Arizona residents?
Volvo auto safety engineers are working under the premise that if cars are making calculated decisions about an impending collision, accident rates will go down. By taking humans’ emotional reactions (or lack thereof) out of the equation, Volvo engineers may be closing in on a death-proof car. The Swedish car company already has ignitions that turn off when the driver is drunk, and sensors that sound alarms when they detect drowsiness. After they eradicate serious injuries in their cars, Volvo will move onto accidents in general.
Other areas of research and development in auto safety at Volvo include the obvious automatic breaking, a defensive swerving system, as well as a wrap around safety bumper, a larger version of the wrap around bumper found on the vintage Volvo 300 series. With the hours and resources being invested in the lab, Volvo is well on its way to achieving it’s goals by 2020. Hopefully as Google advances it’s own technology in the area of self driving cars, and other automotive manufacturers take a note from these leaders in high tech safety, information will be shared and all car models will eventually become much safer.
You can learn more about Volvo’s safety programs, as well as particular models that suit your tastes and lifestyle at your local Phoenix Arizona Volvo dealer.