Volvo has plans to introduce optional in-car cameras this year, which will monitor driver behaviors and even scan their pupils to make biometric calculations.

According to Britain's CAR Magazine, Volvo will make the cameras optional on its vehicles within the next 12 months. The cameras will be used to perform a variety of tasks. For example, the camera will be able to recognize the driver, telling the car to automatically adjust the climate control, seating position and other settings for that particular individual.

Such a system presents obvious privacy and security concerns to consumers, but Volvo ensures it's safe. The footage will be anonymized somehow and we imagine Volvo is confident it can keep your footage safe from hackers, but this technology does seem a bit worrying, if we're honest.

Still, Volvo is confident that the advantages of the optional in-car cameras outweigh any security risks they may present.

"Driver-facing cameras will become an option in our cars in 2019," Atif Rafiq, Volvo’s chief digital officer, told CAR in an interview. "They’re very advanced these days: they can determine a driver’s glucose levels by looking at their pupils, so could call a loved one or hospital if it detected a health problem. Cars will understand your state and destress you on your way back from work."

While a bit concerning security-wise, the driver facing cameras do sound like they could be of use to older drivers or to those with health issues. Many crashes are caused after the driver experienced a health-related issue behind the wheel and this seems like the best way to prevent such occurrences.

It's not clear if Volvo is also planning on collecting data from cameras to observe driver behaviour and advance the development of its autonomous car project, although it does seem likely. If you tick the box for in-car camera on your new Volvo going forward, be sure to read the 'Terms and Conditions' first. You'll probably thank us.

[Source: CAR ]