Re: Yet Another Reason Why Their Cars Are Better
Someone should develop such a system for airplanes first.
"bc" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Yes, I know Ford owns Volvo-- but they STILL make them over there--
> where ENGINEERS call the shots, not accountants - like in Detroit.
> STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Carmaker Volvo has asked for special exemption
> from Sweden's tough drink-driving laws so its test drivers can have a
> glass too many to test new safety systems that warn if a driver is not
> reacting to danger.
> Volvo, whose success rests on its reputation for building
> safety-conscious family cars, will only let its drunk drivers take the
> wheel on its own test tracks near the west-coast city of Gothenburg if
> it gets permission from the Swedish government.
> "It's a matter of developing technical systems that warn if the driver
> isn't reacting properly," said Christer Gustafsson, spokesman for Volvo
> Cars, which is owned by Ford.
> "That means if the driver is tired, sick, drunk or under the influence
> of other drugs. We want to do this in a controlled environment in
> Sweden," he told Swedish news agency TT.
> The new safety system is still at the development stage and Gustafsson
> said he could not give more details about how it works. "It's all about
> preventing accidents," he said.
> Sweden has one of the best road-safety records in the world thanks
> partly to drink-driving laws which are among the toughest in Europe.
> The laws apply to private and public roads.
> Stockholm County Traffic Police said the most drivers could drink
> without risking a heavy fine is one beer, while drivers caught well
> over the limit can be sent to prison.