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Automatic car breathalyzers coming soon

Automatic car breathalyzers coming soon
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Drinking and driving may a thing of the past once the newest type of smart car is released.

Major car manufactures like Nissan, Ford and Volkswagen are teaming up with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to outfit vehicles with technology that senses if a driver has over gone over the legal alcohol consumption levels. If a driver is intoxicated, the car cannot start and the driver is forced to find another mode of transportation.

Despite a decline in drunk-driving incidents over the last 10 years, the NHTSA still reports over 10,000 deaths and $199 billion spent in alcohol-related damages a year. This revolutionary technology, called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS, can cut down both of those statistics. DADSS technology is developing in two innovative ways, and if all goes as planned, cars will be paired with the system in five years or less.

The first way this technology is being used is close to the popular breathalyzer-type device. A small breathalyzer sensor will placed inconspicuously in the steering wheel. This sensor would detect alcohol like a common breathalyzer does, by measuring the amount of alcohol and carbon monoxide in a driver's breath.

Developers are also experimenting with putting multiple sensors in a vehicle to pick up on intoxicated passengers.

Next page: Find out what else this technology does
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