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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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Hey people
By jo73 on 1/4/2007 12:51:15 PM , Rating: 2
How about this. It takes a person about an hour to get rid of 1 drink (kidney to filter alcohol from blood). (12oz beer) If you drink way more than this, you aren't going to get a good night's sleep anyway, just use a pillow and rest in your car. Speaking of sleep, driving while tired is as bad as driving drunk. Driving while talking on a cell phone is (possibly) worse than driving drunk. (It causes "situational blindness" and slow reflexes).

The other thing, Toyota is just doing this, not for your benefit-Americans just think about how this can help them-so selfish-but as a real world technology test for them. If this stuff works well after a few generations and they start bringing the cost down, then they offer it to politicians and police as a solution to drunk driving, who benefits? Society and Toyota. Who is inconvenienced? Drunks.

For those who say it won't work with marginal drunks, if you're really drunk, the car shuts down, if you are somewhat drunk, it gives you a little reflex test on the video touch screen on the dash.

RE: Hey people
By Lonearchon on 1/4/2007 3:26:43 PM , Rating: 2
The liver is the one that filters the alcohol from your blood. Driving while on the cell has been proven a bigger hazard due to people not realizing how much the are being distracted. That is why law makers are pushing to band the use of cellphones without hands free devices

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