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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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good idea... if it works
By robharvil on 1/3/2007 5:46:43 PM , Rating: 2
Good idea, but if it malfunctions your car isn't going anywhere. Just another thing to break. Also can you imagine the liability issues if someone does manage to drive drunk and hurts/kills somebody? They could be sued for millions.

RE: good idea... if it works
By Davelo on 1/3/2007 5:51:29 PM , Rating: 3
Don't use listerene mouthwash or take cough syrup. One bad exhale and the damn thing shuts off and you coast to a stop on the bay bridge.

RE: good idea... if it works
By oneils on 1/4/2007 3:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
From what I read, these sensors do not trip on the alcohol found in mouthwash. It's designed to actually differentiate between the two (i.e., liquor and mouthwash).

RE: good idea... if it works
By lewisc on 1/4/2007 5:04:37 PM , Rating: 2
Besides the fact that it senses the alcohol in your sweat, not breath.

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