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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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Inovation NOT
By aceadoni on 1/3/2007 7:55:26 PM , Rating: 1
So basically a car that will refuse to work if it detects you are intoxicated. How exactly is this suppose to protect people. I guess toyota is assuming that they will have full market dominance in the US and as such every car will eventually have this feature. Makes some sense when you look at it that way. If PEOPLE don't obey the law a car that does it for them is not solving the problem. The last thing I want is a computer that is a P.O.S to begin with telling me I can't drive. What is next the car won't start because I decided not to change the tires and mile 1 over the tire change requirement as set by toyota. If toyota built cars that people can survive more accidents with that would be great. Or ABS that didn't cause accidents would even be better. Better yet spend the money and develop a biodiesel car engine. The savings to the enviroment alone will reap more rewards than this device that will if anything increase insurance premiums for everyone cause your car doesn't have it and be another useless feature.

RE: Inovation NOT
By InTheNameOfMyself on 1/3/2007 10:49:09 PM , Rating: 2
What the fuck are you saying?

RE: Inovation NOT
By glennpratt on 1/4/2007 11:19:57 AM , Rating: 2
ABS causes accidents? 99.99% of people have NO IDEA how to properly break in slippery situations. ABS has certainly saved more live then it cost. Remember traffic fatalities have declined annually for most of the last 26 years, even as many more people drive.

No one needs to develop a bio-deisal engine, it's just a diesel engine. In Texas I can go buy BioWillie (Willie Nelson) and run it in any diesel, but there isn't enough out there for everyone to do it. The infrastructure isn't there.

And if you don't think Toyota and everyone else aren't building safer cars, your crazy.

RE: Inovation NOT
By hubajube on 1/4/2007 3:53:14 PM , Rating: 2
break in slippery situations
Do you have a PDF or Word doc on how to do this?

RE: Inovation NOT
By rcc on 1/4/2007 6:56:54 PM , Rating: 2
Interestingly enough, ABS can cause accidents. The problem is one of training though, not of the technology. A car braking under ABS makes a lot of interesting noises and grinding sounds, many people who have never experienced it immediately release the pedal. No, I'm sorry, I don't have a reference; it was in an article that I read many years ago.

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