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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, but...
By Bruce 1337 on 1/3/2007 5:53:07 PM , Rating: 2
Why not just have the car call the police on you too? ;P The only people I could see paying for this equipment would be overbearing parents and multiple DUI offenders with a court order. I would prefer an integrated breathalyzer so I could make my own decision if I should be driving, rather than having the car do what it wants. Of course, that would be useless given the common sense of the average consumer (and probably cause lawsuits the first time someone blew a .06 but got into an accident anyway...)

RE: Good idea, but...
By hubajube on 1/3/2007 6:49:26 PM , Rating: 2
Why not just have the car call the police on you too?
I agree! Cut out the middle man! Or better yet, just have the car drive you to the nearest police station.

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