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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RE: I like the idea but..
1/4/2007 2:00:04 PM
I agree, it would be handy for those times in which it's not obvious that you're yet impaired. Still, I wonder how much stigma would be attached to it as an option--after all, isn't this the sort of device that is mandated after one or two DUI's?
RE: I like the idea but..
1/4/2007 2:33:57 PM
Keep in mind the number of cars sold to parents of teenage children, parents of college students, or to otherwise responsible people who believe themselves to have a drinking problem.
I suspect this kind of option will never become standard equipment unless mandated by government. I suspect, however, there is a solid market for this product.
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