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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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I like the idea but..
By Axbattler on 1/3/2007 4:47:37 PM , Rating: 2
I can see some potential pitfalls too:

Given it is an optional extra, would people who have a tendency to drink drive bother paying for such system? And would people who do not drink drive really benefit from such systems? I guess the only people who may benefit from the system are those who have been drinking but are still within the legal limit. But then, would the system be able to detect the driver's condition accurately? If it fails to detect, or if there are too many false negatives, this will end up being an expensive failure.

I must say though, I personally would like to see the system succeed and become a standard in future cars.

RE: I like the idea but..
By Orpheus333 on 1/3/2007 5:47:28 PM , Rating: 2
"To keep honest people honest"

I think it could be a useful fail safe for when you think you are sober and yet, still shouldn't be driving. I don't think any one really thinks drunk driving is okay and wants to do it... it just happens sometimes, even to good intentioned people.

RE: I like the idea but..
By Christopher1 on 1/3/2007 5:59:42 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly right. Most drunk drivers don't even REALIZE that they are drunk. They know that they have had a few drinks, but don't think that they are impaired at all, until they get into an accident and kill someone.

RE: I like the idea but..
By hubajube on 1/3/2007 7:10:49 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly right. Most drunk drivers don't even REALIZE that they are drunk.
Can't say I've ever though that! I KNOW when I'm drunk.

RE: I like the idea but..
By ajdavis on 1/3/2007 8:55:37 PM , Rating: 1

RE: I like the idea but..
By glennpratt on 1/4/2007 2:21:36 AM , Rating: 3
That's the mentality that will kill someone. If you had more then a couple, you may not be 'drunk', but you may very well be impaired or legally intoxicated.

RE: I like the idea but..
By iNGEN on 1/4/2007 2:29:15 PM , Rating: 2
If you have a commercial license in Ohio, having just one drink means you are legally drunk for about 2 hours. I wonder if there is a sensitivity adjustment in this system.

RE: I like the idea but..
By hubajube on 1/4/2007 3:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's the mentality that will kill someone
Not all of us are unaware of how our bodies react to drinks (or other things for that matter). I KNOW quite well when I'm impaired. And I don't need to be falling over drunk to realize it.

RE: I like the idea but..
By Axbattler on 1/3/2007 9:10:50 PM , Rating: 2
To be honest, I wouldn't drive if I had even a single drink till the next day (or about 8 hours). Call be overly cautious, but I consider that the right thing to do.

Perhaps I am overlooking the possibility of being impaired 8 hours down the line after heavier drinking, but it wouldn't really come across my mind to pay extra just in case here.

RE: I like the idea but..
By doctor sam adams on 1/3/07, Rating: -1
RE: I like the idea but..
By glennpratt on 1/4/2007 2:28:02 AM , Rating: 3
Wow, thats pretty sad. Yes, inattention is very unsafe and probably the cause of most accidents, but there is no excuse for driving drunk.

I realize this is the internet and people are all arrogant asses on the internet but please stop and think about how selfish and stupid what your suggesting is.

And finally, if this is a sad play at sarcasm, well it's not funny. I mean c'mon, couldn't you come up with something better then goody two shoes?

RE: I like the idea but..
By TheLiberal on 1/4/2007 3:56:27 AM , Rating: 3
Wow, your ignorant statement makes me very glad that the penalties for a DUI are so very steep. Perhaps they should be worse.
I know I take driving seriously, I often walk home. For the New Year, I walked almost a mile in the cold rain rather than risk the lives of myself, my fiance, or even some poor, innocent stranger. Also, you wouldn't even have to walk if you're lazy (on top of being an ignorant, thoughtless jerk). You could take a cab.
Hopefully, when you wreck, you kill yourself, and no one else.

RE: I like the idea but..
By rykerabel on 1/8/2007 5:45:46 PM , Rating: 2
Please don't downrate the post. I think everyone needs to be reminded that some people do think this way.

RE: I like the idea but..
By isaacmacdonald on 1/4/2007 2:00:04 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, it would be handy for those times in which it's not obvious that you're yet impaired. Still, I wonder how much stigma would be attached to it as an option--after all, isn't this the sort of device that is mandated after one or two DUI's?

RE: I like the idea but..
By iNGEN on 1/4/2007 2:33:57 PM , Rating: 2
Keep in mind the number of cars sold to parents of teenage children, parents of college students, or to otherwise responsible people who believe themselves to have a drinking problem.

I suspect this kind of option will never become standard equipment unless mandated by government. I suspect, however, there is a solid market for this product.

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