IMAGINE… it’s 2020, and your car knows you’re drunk???
IMPOSSIBLE YOU THINK? NOT REALLY..
One day soon, your vehicle could be the one deciding whether you had one too many at happy hour.
Researchers now are working on the development of two different technologies that could automatically detect your blood-alcohol content (BAC) either through your touch or your breath.
“There’s a lot of promise if a system can be developed that would stop any driver that’s been drinking from getting on the road,” says Russ Rader, senior vice president for communications at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently extended its agreement with automobile manufacturers to develop the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). The system would detect if your BAC was above the legal limit of 0.08 percent and prevent you from driving if it’s too high.
High-tech devices to tell if you’re too intoxicated to drive
This technology would be unlike current alcohol-detecting ignition interlock systems, which might be outfitted in someone’s vehicle if he’s convicted of driving under the influence. Those systems require the driver to blow into a tube and prevent the vehicle from starting if alcohol is detected.
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