Labeled Driver Alert Control (DAC), the new system monitors the car rather than the actual driver, looking at the vehicle’s movements and assessing whether it’s being driven in a controlled, consistent manner. In this way, DAC can also detect other distractions such as mobile phone use or from passengers in the car. It works by using a windscreen-mounted camera and a number of motion-detecting sensors.
Volvo is also launching a new lane departure warning system. Both systems will be available as options on the new V70, XC70 and S80 models at the end of the year, and will be on display at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.
Our reliance on automotive technology to improve our driving skills is simply going to increase in the years to come. What happened to decent driver education?