Volvo Promises Crash-Proof Car By 2020

Road deaths will be history, Swedes say
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2008 4:35 AM CDT
The Volvo car assembly plant at Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo plans to develop an injury proof car by 2020.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Volvo executives have vowed to create an un-crashable, injury-proof car by 2020, Reuters reports. The car manufacturer is adapting technology developed for commercial aviation to create a vehicle that will take over the controls in a dangerous situation and brake or steer out of harm's way. Engineers are hopeful such technology will eventually eliminate annual road death tolls.

"I think if you look into the future, we as a community will not accept that we have injuries," said the leader of the Volvo safety team in Sweden. "We have other things that are important in life."