We recently wrote about a bold pledge made by Volvo. The automaker says that by the year 2020, its new vehicles will be so safe that no occupants will be killed or seriously injured while riding in them. Volvo plans to accomplish this with a collection of features that automate most or all of the driving experience (presumably in cooperation with the advanced safety technology Volvo already uses).
For decades, the traffic fatality rate in the U.S. has been slowly but steadily declining, largely due to improved vehicle designs and advancements in safety features (especially seat belts and air bags). Unfortunately, however, that progress can be undone by the irresponsible behaviors many drivers practice behind the wheel.