About the Process
The Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have entered into a cooperative research agreement to explore the feasibility, the potential benefits of, and the public policy challenges associated with a more widespread use of in-vehicle technology to prevent alcohol-impaired driving. This 5-year agreement requires that ACTS and NHTSA work together to engage in cooperative research that advances the state of alcohol detection technology. The program is taking a voluntary market-driven approach to implementation. ACTS is a nonprofit organization that is funded by motor vehicle manufacturers (BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo). These ACTS members represent a majority of automotive companies that develop and build new vehicles for the U.S. market.
ACTS provides the leadership in overseeing a step-by-step, data-driven process to ensure that effective technologies are developed. Technology performance criteria have been established and a multi-stage research program has been initiated that includes the development of proof-of-concept projects to evaluate promising technological approaches, followed by prototype development and testing phases. Project leadership is provided by a Program Manager and a Technical Manager who work closely together to ensure completion of each work phase of the program. In order to consider the views of industry and other stakeholders ACTS formed a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts, including representatives from automotive manufacturers and suppliers, public interest and research organizations, government representatives both domestic and international, and experts in the science of alcohol toxicology, behavioral impairment, human factors, and highway safety research.
Research Program Plan
Click one of the links below for more information and materials.
- Driver Alcohol Detection System for safety (DADSS) – Phase I Prototype testing and findings.
- Press Release: Ambitious drunk driving prevention research program moves forward: Drivable test vehicle expected in two years.
- Presentation at the 2011SAE Government/Industry meeting, Washington DC
- Presentation at the Transportation Research Board 90th Annual Meeting, Washington DC
- Presentation at the 30th Anniversary MADD national Conference
- "Presentation at the Lifesavers 2010 national Conference, April 2010," Bud Zaouk, DSc
- Presentation at the New Mexico DOT Traffic Safety Summit. “Star Wars meets drunk driving: A technological solution to eliminate drunk driving.” Susan Ferguson, Ph.D., August 2009
- Presentation at the 2009 ESV Conference “Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS): A Cooperative Research Effort Between Industry and Government", June, 2009
- MADDs Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, Stars Wars Meets Drunk Driving:The Role of Technology in Eliminating Drunk Driving
- Presentation at the 2009 Lifesavers National Conference
- Presentation at the SAE Government/Industry meeting, Washington DC, February 6, 2009. “The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Project: A cooperative research effort between Industry and Government.”
- Presentation at the Transportation Research Board, 88th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, January 2009, "Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety," Program update.
- Presentation at the Transportation Research Board, 88th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, January 2009. "Public Policy considerations and challenges for the widespread implementation of technology to reduce drunk driving."
- Presentation at the 2008 Lifesavers National Conference “Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving – Advanced Technologies Research.”
- “Turning Knowledge into Action: The Evolution of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Countermeasures.”
- Public Policy Considerations and Challenges for the Widespread Implementation of Technology to Reduce Drunk Driving.”
- “DADSS Program Status Update.”
- “Advanced Alcohol Detection Technologies: A Cooperative Research Agreement.”
- DADSS Press conference with Secretary LaHood85
- DADSS announces technology research awards to three companies80
- Ferguson, Traube, Zaouk, Strassburger. 2009. Driver Alcohol Detection System For Safety (DADSS) – A Non-Regulatory Approach in the Development and Deployment of Vehicle Safety Technology to Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving. Proceedings of the 21st ESV Conf78
Blue Ribbon Panel Members
Dr. Susan Ferguson,
Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc.
Dr. Douglas J. Beirness
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Dr. Joerg Breuer
Dr. John L. Campbell
Battelle, Center for Human Performance and Safety
Senator Kent L. Cravens
New Mexico State Senate
Michael Finkelstein & Associates
Dr. R. Thomas Gentry
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Dr. Ralph Hingson
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Japan Automobile Standards Internationalization Center
Swedish Road Administration
General Motors Corporation
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Toyota Motor North America, Inc
American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
BMW of North America, LLC
Ford Motor Company
Nissan North America, Inc.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
QinetiQ North America