February 2, 2011
Future steering-wheels with touch-based sensors will put an end to drunken driving
The Americans call for safe driving is truly commendable as research teams come up with more efficient measures to stop drunken driving. A new system has now been developed by the North American division of a research company called QinetiQ and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety will come built-in to vehicles as they roll off the assembly line. Totally invisible to the driver, the vehicle’s steering wheel or door handles will be equipped with new touch-based sensor technology that can read a driver’s blood alcohol level through their skin, while results are calculated in less than a second.
While the technology is definitely en route head of the NHTSA, David Strickland, says that it won’t be employed until its “seamless, unobtrusive and unfailingly accurate” We’re just pleased to know this could be the end of those disgusting mouth analyzers. Definitely the way ahead!