The federal government and 15 automakers have announced a deal to extend research on advanced alcohol detection technology.
Their goal is to have a test vehicle that will use touch- and breath-based technology to measure blood-alcohol content by early 2015. Another goal for the partnership is to develop a Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). According to federal safety regulators, DADSS is a non-invasive system that can accurately detect when a driver is above the legal alcohol limit.
“The automatic system would be enabled every time the car is started, but unobtrusive so it would not pose an inconvenience to the non-intoxicated driver,” said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.