WASHINGTON – What if in future your car stops you from driving? Wouldn’t that be amazing? Yes, now cars of the near future will stop themselves from working if they detect too much alcohol in the driver’s bloodstream, using sensors which tactfully monitor their breath.
News from the US and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that they are working with a number of major car manufacturers to develop an alcohol-detection system that will stop drunk drivers from taking to the roads.
The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) features a steering-wheel attached with breath checker that will measure the ethanol you exhale to tell if you’ve had one too many.
The system will also use a sensor embedded into the ignition button or gear stick to take a second reading by shining light through the driver’s finger.
If blood alcohol concentration is at or above the legal limit, the car can’t be driven.
The technology has been developed by an industry group representing 18 different automotive companies, including Ford, BMW, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Nissan, VW, Volvo and Toyota.
NHTSA spokesperson Mark Rosekind said: “Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety has enormous potential to prevent drunk driving in specific populations such as teen drivers and commercial fleets, and making it an option available to vehicle owners would provide a powerful new tool in the battle against drunk-driving deaths.”
The principals behind the project hope to have it ready for production within five years.
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