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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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RE: I like the idea but..
By doctor sam adams on 1/3/2007 11:24:20 PM , Rating: -1
wow, talk about a goody two shoes. i think drunk driving is ok, as long i'm the one doing it. there are definitely some people that are dangerous behind the wheel. but, to be honest, i think drunkenness is a much less significant determinant than plain inattention!


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.


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