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hey all...<p>I was just surfing and came across this page on the Discover.com website that had facts and tidbits about sleep. Here is what it said on the site:<p>"8 Disco isn't dead, it's on the dashboard: In 2008 Volvo plans to unveil a system that will monitor a driver's eyes and head, along with the movement of the steering wheel. If a driver seems to be nodding off, interior lights will start to flash."<p>Has anyone heard of this? I've been reading these forums a lot and I haven't come across this yet. Anyone have any info?<p>here's the site FYI: <A HREF="http://www.discover.com/issues/jul-06/departments/20thingssleep" TARGET="_blank">http://www.discover.com/issues...sleep</A>/<p>
 

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Re: new Volvo safety feature for 2008??? (Dygitalpmp)

Its something they have been working on for a couple of years now. When it will make it to production is anybodies guess.
 

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Re: new Volvo safety feature for 2008??? (VolvoMax)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>VolvoMax</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Its something they have been working on for a couple of years now. When it will make it to production is anybodies guess.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I am willing to bet anything that this system will not make it into MY08 Volvos.<p>Yannis
 

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Only time will tell whether the doze monitor will make it to MY08. The MY07 S80 has a heart beat monitor, and nobody expected that one.
 

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That sounds bloody annoying (and easy to set off accidentally). First we got the vibrating seats when you cross the white line, then automatic panic braking, and now this.<p>What's next? Mabe steering wheel squeeze pressure sensors that activate anti-road-rage classical piano concertos? Or a saline drip with traces of benzedrine for optimum attentiveness.<p>There could be mood lighting in the car, and aromatherapy, to keep you calm and sensible. If you go 70mph a maternal voice could ask you to slow down. Maybe Al Gore could pop up on the satnav screen and remind you to turn off the air conditioning and keep a steady foot.<p>Maybe I'm being silly, but so are these features. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 

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Come down to Charlotte, NC and drive in rush-hour traffic. Charlotte is home to all the non-natives who apparently didn't learn how to drive. Here are the anti-rules in Charlotte:<p>1) If you are at an intersection in Charlotte and are turning LEFT, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY. Everyone else, whether going straight or turning right, must yield right of way to you.<p>2) There is no such thing as tail-gaiting. It's DRAFTING. <p>3) The proper way to turn off the main road is to wait until the very last minute before your turn and then, without using your turn signal, slam on the brakes.<p>4) It's always ok to merge into the lane next to you -- don't worry if someone is already there or not, they'll move out of your way.<p><br>There are more, but I'll let these four points suffice. If there is anything automotive manufacturers can do to keep these MORONS from driving like this, I'm all for it.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>asthenia</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That sounds bloody annoying (and easy to set off accidentally). </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Perhaps it's because Discover misread the press release. The system does <B><I>not</I></B> monitor the driver's eyes, head or steering wheel inputs:<p>“<I>We have chosen to monitor the vehicle’s progress on the road instead of steering wheel input or the driver’s eye movements,” explains Dr Wolfgang Birk, project manager for Driver Alert at Volvo Cars. “This gives us a more reliable indication if something is likely to go wrong, allowing the system time to alert the driver before it is too late. We do not monitor human behavior – which varies from one person to another – but instead the system monitors the effect of that behavior. That is why there is less of a risk for false alarms.”</I><p><A HREF="http://www.volvocars-pr.com/index.asp?mediaid=3370&menupar=newsroom&lang=1&flash=1&menuhighlight=archive" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvocars-pr.com/in...chive</A><br>
 

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you know, safety is cool and all, but jesus christ...<p>With all this technology coming in the next few years, they should start calling it a RIDERS liscence instead of a driver's liscence... <p>It's a stupid cycle... the more safety and computerized features you put in a car, the more people take the cars for granted... which leads to unreliable people on the road, which leads to more safety features. <p>It's like Fat Bastard from Austin Powers... "i eat because I am sad, and I'm sad because i eat. It's a viscious cycle." haha<p>I'm only ranting because a few days ago, my girlfriend made a stupid maneuver in her Audi A4 and she rationalizes it by saying..."oh, well, it's a Quattro, so it's ok". I almost lost it.<p>Drive people, just drive.
 

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Re: (Dygitalpmp)

You know, if it was actually challanging to aquire a drivers' license, we wouldn't need all these BS 'safety' features. Yes, I agree, sometimes it can save you when you're actually in an accident, but a lot of times, it tries (and fails) to compensate for lack of drivers' skill. How about making sure each and every licensed driver knows how to control a skid/drift, instead of making sure the car doesn't go into a skid/drift? Just a thought.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>NRM8573</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You know, if it was actually challanging to aquire a drivers' license, we wouldn't need all these BS 'safety' features. Yes, I agree, sometimes it can save you when you're actually in an accident, but a lot of times, it tries (and fails) to compensate for lack of drivers' skill. How about making sure each and every licensed driver knows how to control a skid/drift, instead of making sure the car doesn't go into a skid/drift? Just a thought.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>As I wrote on other forum - it is impractical and impossible. I have come from a country where drivers were far and few in beetwen - former USSR. The testing requirements were quite comprehensive (at least in our town) and the weather/road conditions were such that a skid/drift avoidance was a matter of everyday's survival. And yet, I knew maybe a handful people who can really react correctly to avoid the accident.<p>Modern car active safety - is a modern techological marvel. The more we have the better we off...
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Volvo6850</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> And yet, I knew maybe a handful people who can really react correctly to avoid the accident.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>Maybe that's to say there are too many people entrusted with the responsibility of driving?
 
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