Technology to prevent drunks from driving

A research program started in 2008, the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), is moving out of the lab and will have a testable vehicle on the road within two years.

Two companies, one Swedish and one American, have been given grants to develop the new technology. The company in Sweden is developing a breath based testing device. The technology will allow the measurement of the concentration of carbon dioxide in a person’s exhaled breath and multiple sensors in the vehicle will make sure that the breath sample is from the driver and not passengers.

The American company is developing a touch based system where it shines an infrared light on the driver’s skin. The light is able to pick up chemical properties of the driver’s skin which can determine their blood alcohol content.

It’s a five year, $10 million project funded by most of the world’s automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This technology will undoubtably save many, many lives.

You could be seeing this in vehicles in 8 to 10 years.

Find out more here.




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