Scientists have come up with a system that can be integrated into cars and that can measure the alcohol level of the driver. If it detects that the driver is in a an advanced inebriation state, it will prevent the driver from starting the car.
The system was created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and it is called Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). And it comes with two type of tests that measure the alcohol level of the driver.
The first test measures the alcohol level from the driver’s breath. It comes in the shape of a device that is attached in front of the driver, so that it may examine his exhaled breath. It will use a sensor detect the ethanol molecules and measure their proportion to the carbon dioxide molecules.
The second test is touch based and so, when the driver touches the scanner, it will be able to measure the level of alcohol in his blood. This system uses near-infrared tissue spectroscopy to determine the alcohol level of the driver.
In the case that the alcohol level is higher than the legal limit, the system will not allow the driver to start the car, in order to prevent him from getting into an accident. The system has been called “the seat-belt of tomorrow” precisely because it is has this tremendous prevention potential.
However, it seems that it requires a few years more so that it may be fully developed and properly tested before it can be released to the general public. It is expected that it will take at least five more years before the DADSS system will be available as an accessory for cars.
This type of system is not viewed as being useful by all parties though. The American Beverage Institute for instance, believes that it will prove excessive for those who actually take caution regarding drunk- driving and that ultimately it will not manage to bring down the number of accidents caused by this.
In their opinion, the only people that will be affected by this technology will be the casual drinkers, who do not exceed the limit of one glass of wine with their meal.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explained that the DADSS technology will not be mandatory. It will be an optional add-on for the car, but they trust that many people will find it useful and have it installed from their own will.
Car manufacturing companies are working on alcohol level detection technologies of their own, so that the cars that they will release in the future will be safer and also assist the driver to keep himself and others safe. This type of system truly has the potential of becoming the seat-belt of tomorrow.
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