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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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-It's a good idea
By giantpandaman2 on 1/3/2007 10:27:15 PM , Rating: 2
Any company that has its own car fleet will be able to lower both the car insurance and health insurance costs.

It would be perfect for rental cars.

And-if it's foolproof-it will be very nice to require this of repeat offenders. Most everyone here has talked about "casual" offenders-but there's a small number of alcoholics who drive drunk and have been caught numerous times over the course of decades. This system won't solve the problem of drunk driving by itself-but I think it's going to be a very nice tool to lower drunk driving fatalities.

Anyone else wonder about the ability of cars to do wi-fi, have gps, and detect high alcohol? Car "telling on you" anyone? (Poor teenagers!) For long term offenders, though, or company cars...might just be a good idea.

RE: -It's a good idea
By Xenoid on 1/3/2007 11:40:10 PM , Rating: 2
With my luck it'd probably break. I have ABS and that's all that I like on my car. It has a system to tell you if fluids are low or bulbs are burnt out but it malfunctions anyways. Before you ask, BMW too. Can't even begin to think what would break on a cheap Toyota or GM (ie cars under $30,000).

RE: -It's a good idea
By giantpandaman2 on 1/4/2007 1:13:56 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize that Toyota has a far better repair/defect rate than BMW right? The only European carmaker who comes close to it in JD Powers studies is Porsche.

PS-You might want to try to sound less snobby in the future.

RE: -It's a good idea
By Lonearchon on 1/4/2007 3:36:11 PM , Rating: 2
Many cars that cost under 30,000 are more reliable than BMWs. Many Luxury cars use the same base, motor, frame, etc as lower priced cars one from one their companys makes(ie Toyota/Lexus Ford/Jaguar Chrysler/Mercedes, etc) . For the most part you are paying for the name and the little extras that put the car over the top. the mechanics of the $50,000 car could be the same as the $20,000.

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