Volvo aims for 'no-death' new cars by 2020

Swedish automaker Volvo, long known for its attention to safety, aims to have zero deaths or injuries in its new cars as of 2020 thanks to smart functions in its vehicles, a director said yesterday.

+Volvo Cars, which is owned by China's Geely group, is currently developing cars that drive themselves and plans to launch a first model in 2014.

"The car of the future will be just like the farmer's horse," Anders Eugensson, Volvo's head of government affairs, told +The Wall Street Journal. "The farmer can steer the horse and carriage but if he falls asleep the horse can still get back home. And if the farmer tries to steer the carriage against a tree or off a cliff, the horse will refuse".

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