January 28, 2017
The Washington Auto Show showcased a lot of technology meant to keep you safer behind the wheel, including one program experimenting with tech to keep drunken drivers off the road.
Driverless cars are an exciting concept, but even fully-autonomous vehicles need an unimpaired driver to be able to take control of the wheel as a precaution. Whether a conventional vehicle or an autonomous one, the Alcohol Detection System can help give drivers the certainty they will not put themselves or others in danger by driving over the legal limit, and help parents protect their kids.
We’ve living in an exciting time for vehicle safety. Technologies that help drivers better perform their task – like the ones we see being offered as consumer options today – are helping to warn of driver drowsiness or an approaching vehicle, but none are able to accurately and precisely measure blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The Alcohol Detection System is a much more sophisticated piece of vehicle safety – taking a biomedical reading of someone’s BAC level to prevent a car from moving. To date, no technology has ever been developed that can passively and unobtrusively measure BAC with the necessary high levels of precision and accuracy while fitting into vehicles with a seamless operation. Additional research is required to meet the high standards we have set for measurement speed, accuracy, precision and reliability. While we have made great strides in the program, there is more work to be done before it can be introduced as a consumer option like the driver-assist technologies we are seeing today.