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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 glennpratt on 1/4/2007 2:21:36 AM , Rating: 3
That's the mentality that will kill someone. If you had more then a couple, you may not be 'drunk', but you may very well be impaired or legally intoxicated.

RE: I like the idea but..
By iNGEN on 1/4/2007 2:29:15 PM , Rating: 2
If you have a commercial license in Ohio, having just one drink means you are legally drunk for about 2 hours. I wonder if there is a sensitivity adjustment in this system.

RE: I like the idea but..
By hubajube on 1/4/2007 3:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's the mentality that will kill someone
Not all of us are unaware of how our bodies react to drinks (or other things for that matter). I KNOW quite well when I'm impaired. And I don't need to be falling over drunk to realize it.

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