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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: Already cracked
By gsellis on 1/4/2007 8:24:53 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. I already have a steering wheel cover (wheels are too thin) and that was my first thought. Try again Toyota.

RE: Already cracked
By oneils on 1/4/2007 3:48:00 PM , Rating: 2
Of course they thought of this.

You can't start the car, without it taking a reading. So if you are wearing gloves, or have a wheel cover - you cannot start the car.

RE: Already cracked
By hubajube on 1/4/2007 5:11:48 PM , Rating: 2
You can't start the car, without it taking a reading. So if you are wearing gloves, or have a wheel cover - you cannot start the car.
Then I'll be forced use the sweat from my wife/gf's hands to start the car. I wonder what the car would think if you wiped your dogs ass over the steering wheel? Hmmmm.

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