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Will We Have DUI-Preventing Cars In Less Than Five Years?

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Mar 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

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The U.S. has put a lot of resources into apprehending and prosecuting drunk drivers. This approach often leads to overzealous officers employing questionable or inaccurate methods in order to achieve this goal (which illustrates the need for DUI defense attorneys).

But what if there were a way to prevent intoxicated individuals from driving cars in the first place? This idea is what's motivating the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), which is the product of a partnership between a group of automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA recently extended its agreement with the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety in an effort to help develop a way for vehicle to automatically detect whether a person is too drunk to drive.

Currently, the only mechanism for preventing inebriated people from driving is through ignition interlock devices, which require a person to blow into a tube before the vehicle will start. The goal of the DADSS is to design this software and/or machinery directly into the vehicle in an effective yet unobtrusive way. One possible option is to embed a touch-based sensor into a vehicle's controls instead of a breath-based one. Ideally, the sensor would be able to identify excessive levels of alcohol in the blood and then render the vehicle inoperable. The agreement calls for a commercially-viable technology by 2018 (when the new agreement ends) and the establishment of a prototype by the end of next year.

To be sure, the goal of this effort is laudable; but as with most great ideas, its feasibility will be determined by the final details of the finished product.

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