Yes, I know Ford owns Volvo-- but they STILL make them over there--
where ENGINEERS call the shots, not accountants - like in Detroit.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Carmaker Volvo has asked for special exemption
from Sweden's tough drink-driving laws so its test drivers can have a
glass too many to test new safety systems that warn if a driver is not
reacting to danger.
Volvo, whose success rests on its reputation for building
safety-conscious family cars, will only let its drunk drivers take the
wheel on its own test tracks near the west-coast city of Gothenburg if
it gets permission from the Swedish government.
"It's a matter of developing technical systems that warn if the driver
isn't reacting properly," said Christer Gustafsson, spokesman for Volvo
Cars, which is owned by Ford.
"That means if the driver is tired, sick, drunk or under the influence
of other drugs. We want to do this in a controlled environment in
Sweden," he told Swedish news agency TT.
The new safety system is still at the development stage and Gustafsson
said he could not give more details about how it works. "It's all about
preventing accidents," he said.
Sweden has one of the best road-safety records in the world thanks
partly to drink-driving laws which are among the toughest in Europe.
The laws apply to private and public roads.
Stockholm County Traffic Police said the most drivers could drink
without risking a heavy fine is one beer, while drivers caught well
over the limit can be sent to prison.