Repeat offenders who have been convicted of a DUI are often given devices that force them to take a breathalyzer before getting behind the wheel. If new technology from TruTouch, which is owned by auto parts developer Takata, comes to fruition, this feature could soon be seen in all vehicles.
Takata recently received a grant from the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) to develop their system for in-vehicle implementation. Unlike the breathalyzers assigned to DUI offenders, the system uses infrared light to detect blood-alcohol levels in drivers. The system can prevent a driver from starting their vehicle if they're too drunk to drive.
"As a company solely dedicated to automotive safety, we are excited with the contract from DADSS/ACTS to develop the TruTouch sensors for use in automotive, commercial vehicle and heavy equipment applications," said Kirk Morris, Vice President of Business Development for Takata's North American subsidiary. "The objective is to develop tools to help intoxicated drivers from operating the vehicle if they are impaired, and to do so in a personal, non-intrusive manner."
Drunk driving is one of the largest causes of accidents in the U.S., but problems related to vehicle maintenance also factor into collisions. Whether it's faulty brakes or blown tires, paying attention to vehicle inspections and getting regular tune-ups can help ensure that your vehicle is completely safe when out on the road.