The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed an alcohol detection system for vehicles with its new Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) technology. The technology can automatically detect alcohol levels with the help of a breath-based and touch-based system. Both will measure blood alcohol levels as the driver breathes normally, or presses the start button or steering wheel. If the system detects the driver is over the limit then it will prevent the car from moving.
The NHTSA currently unveiled this system as a prototype with participation of a consortium of car makers including Ford, GM and Volkswagen, that will first be tested with in government vehicles.
A NHTSA spokesman Mark Rosekind told The Guardian
As per US Transport department, drunk driving account for 10,000 deaths on US roads a year, so it seems that consumers will want to purchase the technology as a safety option once they learn more about its life-saving potential.