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Volvo to fight drunk driving with vehicle cameras, sensors

Drunk driving crashes claim the lives of nearly 30 people every day in New York and the rest of the U.S. according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA also found that in 2017, there 10,874 deaths arising from such crashes. While some automakers are using car safety tech to reduce the severity of crashes that are imminent and unavoidable, Volvo Cars plans to use technology to fight drunk driving and prevent crashes altogether.

Drivers continue to text and email behind the wheel

Many people in New York and across the country are aware of the dangers of distracted driving. They've seen the public awareness advertisements and they know about laws banning texting while driving. Indeed, one insurance company's study notes that 47 percent of drivers identified distracted driving as their biggest safety concern. Nevertheless, while people will condemn distraction while driving and agree that it poses a threat to roadway safety, these same drivers will frequently use their own mobile phones on the road.

Autonomous cars may still need billions of miles of test driving

Automakers have been touting self-driving cars as the solution to traffic congestion and high auto accident rates, yet a report from the Rand Corporation suggests that manufacturers are neglecting safety in their rush to introduce the cars to the public. New York residents may remember how an Uber self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona in March 2018. The vehicles have yet to completely prove their reliability.

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