Death-Proof Automobiles

According to CNN, Volvo pledges that by 2020, all of their new cars and SUVs will be death-proof.

Volvo has made a shocking pledge: By 2020, no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car or SUV.

I also didn’t know this:

Fatality-free vehicles are not unprecedented. In fact, there already are some, and they’re not just Volvos. According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are nine vehicle models — including the Volvo XC90 — in which no one in the United States died in the four years from 2009 to 2012, the most recent period for which data is available.

However, note that drivers will still retain the ability to commit vehicular suicide.

CNN lists the principal components of the system as:

  1. Adaptive Cruise Control
  2. Auto Lane-Keeping Assistance
  3. Collision Avoidance
  4. Pedestrian Detection
  5. Large Animal Detection

Originally published at www.davidincalifornia.com on January 24, 2016.

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