Recently, Volvo announced that it will introduce a 112 mph speed cap on its vehicles from 2020 onward. Now, Volvo has announced that it will include driver-facing cameras and sensors in all of its vehicles as well. The goal of these cameras? Volvo says that it’s to crack down on distracted drivers—checking text messages, intoxication, sleepiness, etc. If distraction is detected, the car could either reduce the speed, slow down and park itself, or contact Volvo’s on-call assistance service. These cameras can also be used for climate control and seat positioning by employing biometrics to recognize the driver of the car. Of course, these cameras are just an option for consumers.
Volvo said that the footage collected will be anonymized and not shared. Of course, will consumers get over the fear of being spied on as they drive? Only the sales will tell.