Toyota Developing Alcohol Detection System For Cars
January 3, 2007 2:57 PM
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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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1/4/2007 8:07:07 AM
One thing people forget is that you do not have to blow over a .08 to get a DUI for alcohol. If an officer feels that your driving is impaired they can arrest you regardless of what you blow. This is at least the way it works in Illinois, and driving over the legal limit and DUI are two seperate tickets when you are arrested.
The idea behind this system is probably to catch those persons who are fubar. That still leaves that grey area where you aren't completed bombed, but you are impaired.
I think this system, as an option on a car, is pointless. The people who hardly ever drink will think it's a great idea and buy it. The people who go out and drink alot will not buy it, because they know what they are doing.
The best way to reduce drunk driving is through education imo. Harsher penalties aren't effective, DUI is one of those crimes that everyone thinks will never happen to them.
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