About the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety
The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS, was initiated in 2008. The technology, which is being developed by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will check a driver’s blood alcohol level. If the driver exceeds the legal limit, the car simply will not start.
Drunk Driving Statistics
While there have been improvements in the past several decades, alcohol remains a major factor in automobile fatalities. About a third of drivers killed in car wrecks have blood-alcohol levels of 0.08 and above, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Future of Alcohol Detection
Blood alcohol testers already exist, installed in cars as a punitive measure for drunk-driving offenses. The driver blows into a tube, and its presence feels awkward and obvious. The new technology will be subtle, so you won’t notice it at all. Until you try and drive under the influence, that is. Will the public support DADSS? Will it go extinct, like the seat belt interlocks of the 70s, which prevented drivers from driving without safety belts engaged? Stay tuned.
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