New Technology Could Help Prevent DUIs

Federal officials have announced a new technology that they say could put an end to DUIs. The technology would automatically register the level of alcohol in the bloodstream of the driver, either by a passive set of breath sensors or touch sensitive contact-points on a starter button or gear-shift. It would prevent a driver from starting their car if the blood-alcohol content is above the legal limit. The technology is expected to start appearing in cars in five to eight years but the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said he would like to see the technology in use even sooner.

It has not been determined whether there will be a federal mandate for the devices in all new vehicles and the estimated cost per vehicle is about $150-$200. Researchers are working on how to package the technology for the passive set of sensors inside the car. They have figured out how to package the touch sensitive contact points and are now working to ensure accuracy. It is expected that touch-based sensors would be put into production sooner than the passive set of breath sensors.

New technology could put an end to drunken driving, officials say, June 4, 2015, www.washingtonpost.com

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