The new Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, is based on sensors analyzing alcohol levels in the car’s air. If the scan reveals too much, the car will not start.
DADSS is the result of NHTSA and ACTS joint research. The system could prevent the cause of death for almost 10.000 Americans every year.
Using the air quality sensors or a touch sensors placed in the car, interconnected systems will determine if the driver has a alcohol level higher than the maximum legal one.
Even better news comes in the form of estimated price range for the equipmment. Because of developments and mass production of sensors of this type all around the world, and the vast range of products that use them, price per unit is quite affordable.
Cheap prices might mean that car manufacturers could be tempted to offer the devices as a standard option on new cars. Limiting the number of cars in the future that do not use the system means government regulated use, might not even be necessary, and implementation can be covered by private companies.
The touch-sensitive version of this system might come faster, since it requires less work put into packaging and implementation, also it is expected to use less space.
Although some people raised concern about the accuracy of the system and it’s readiness to be implemented, federal safety regulators stand behind the new technology.
One of the voices against the project is Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, she stated that calibrations issues might not allow people with moderate levels of alcohol in their blood to start their cars.
Even if this problem occurs, the system might still be well received in the rest of the world. Europe has a maximum allowed rate of alcohol in blood ranging from 0.08 in the case of the U.K. to 0.00 in more than 5 European Nations.
Worldwide almost every nation has a lower threshold tha the U.S. regarding this issues. There are many countries that do not allow any level of alcohol in the blood while driving. This is highly debatable and not practical due to the possibility of false readings or accidental ingestion of alcoholic substances through food or non-alcoholic drink.
Most world nations have a 0.05 limit of BAC.
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