Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: New Anti-Drunk Driving TechnologyJuly 29, 2015
The new technology is designed to be unobtrusive, easy to use and highly accurate. Vehicles would be equipped with special touch pads that can instantly measure whether the driver has been drinking. The sensors could be located on the steering wheel, the ignition start button or both. The touch-based technology uses infrared light to measure the alcohol content in tiny blood vessels in the driver’s finger or palm. Researchers are also exploring the use of a separate feature that could sense whether the person pressing the button was someone other than the driver.
The second prototype revealed uses a breath-analyzing system to measure a driver’s blood alcohol level. The system works by pulling a small amount of the driver’s breath into tiny ports located on the steering column or on the driver’s side door. Infrared light is used to measure concentrations of alcohol. Special vents will be used to distinguish between the driver’s breath and that of other passengers.
The new breath-based system is said to be more accurate and easier to use than traditional ignition interlock devices currently installed in vehicles belonging to some convicted drunk drivers. Unlike those older, breathalyzer-type devices, the new technology would allow the driver to breathe normally and would only have to be calibrated once.
The NHTSA hopes to have the project fully operational within the next five years. Commercial vehicles and government fleets could be the first to test the technology. After that, developers are confident that the system will prove useful for other consumers, including parents of teenage drivers and anyone else looking to take special precautions to prevent drunk driving.
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