Despite drink-driving being among the biggest cause of accidents on the roads, there are still a minority of drivers who don’t see the dangers, and are willing to put others at risk. Thankfully, new car technology could see these reckless motorists prevented from taking to the road.

Carmakers, including Ford and Volkswagen, are working in collaboration with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop an in-car alcohol detection system, which would prevent an intoxicated person from starting the engine.

The technology, dubbed Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), is currently in the prototype stage. Using a steering wheel-mounted breathalyser and an engine start button that can detect blood alcohol levels using infrared light, the system can deny a driver the use of the vehicle should it detect they are over the prescribed limit.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a Guardian report: “Education, awareness and enforcement have succeeded in dramatically reducing drunk driving fatalities, but the advanced technology of DADSS brings enormous potential to save even more lives.”

The NHTSA is hoping that the new technology will be made available as an optional extra on new cars within the next five years. Click play on the video above to check out how it works.

Daljinder Nagra


June 9, 2015

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