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Toyota is developing a car system that is aimed at keeping the roads safe from drunken drivers

Toyota is in the process of developing a system designed so that cars would be able to detect drunken drivers and automatically shut down.  According to reports, the world's current No. 2 automaker plans on fitting some cars with the system by the end of 2009. 

The detection system will be released as an optional extra. Toyota hopes that it can be installed on all car models once manufacturing prices have dropped.

New cars equipped in the system will not start if driving wheel sweat sensors pick up a high level of alcohol in the driver's bloodstream.  The Toyota system will also be able to detect if a driver is driving abnormally, along with a camera that is used to determine whether or not the driver has pupils that are dilated -- a sign that the driver may have had too much to drink.  If the system picks up any of the signals, the car will slow down and come to a complete stop.

Other car manufacturers have also been experimenting with systems that aim at detecting whether or not a driver is sober enough to drive safely. In the United States, for example, alcohol ignition-interlocks are being used for drunk drivers with prior offenses.

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By bl4ck54bb4th on 1/3/2007 4:38:51 PM , Rating: 2
I don't like it. It seems like the sort of thing that won't stay optional.

RE: Hm
By itlnstln on 1/3/2007 4:47:32 PM , Rating: 1
Drive drunk much? ;)

RE: Hm
By GhandiInstinct on 1/3/2007 5:34:17 PM , Rating: 2
The detection system will be released as an optional extra

Just like seatbelts used to be optional, honestly corporations care less about our safety, this should be STANDARD.

And btw, I hope its not a "you cant turn the key without breathing in" type device otherwise someone else sober can just do it for you and you're on your way.

RE: Hm
By Tupolev22m on 1/3/2007 6:00:23 PM , Rating: 2
Me neither, what if there is an emergency and the only person available to drive someone to the hospital or something is over the legal limit?

Machines don't have discretion, thats why we have humans administer the laws...

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