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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: Dumb
By hubajube on 1/4/2007 5:08:49 PM , Rating: 2
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Might as well cap the speed limit of the cars at 70 (or whatever the speed limit in your area is).
I honestly don't understand why this hasn't been done. Cap all cars at the highest speed limit in the country and let it be that. Since driving is a privilege and NOT a right, this could be done legally and would cut out high speed driving totally. A more expensive route would be to install a wireless speed governors on all roads to electronically limit cars top speeds to that speed limit on that road. No more speeders!


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