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Volvo's keys to safety
Volvo has designed an integrated breathalyser attached to the driver's seatbelt, which must be used before the engine can be started.
The breathalyser shows a green light if the driver is fit to drive and the car can then be started as normal. However, if the driver is over the limit a red light illuminates on the breathalyser and the car cannot be started.
In another new safety development, Volvo has designed an ignition key that can be programmed to limit vehicle speed to a predetermined maximum - which may be suitable for younger or less experienced drivers who are more likely to have speed related accidents.
"Using our special 'speed key', the car can easily be programmed so it cannot exceed a safe limit," says Ingrid Skogsmo head of Volvo's Safety Centre. "This would give parents an added measure of security if lending their car to a child with a new driving licence."
Volvo is continuing to develop these safety concepts and is gauging public and industry reaction to them before confirming any plans to put them into production.
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