NTSB wants all cars to come with technology to prevent drunk driving
The National Transportation Safety Board He says every new car in the US should come with it Alcohol detection systems It would prevent owners from driving their cars while drunk. On Tuesday, the agency released a Report Noting the need for US automakers to install passive monitoring systems, which could be available as early as 2026.
These passive systems have little in common with the devices most people associate with alcohol detection in cars; There is no handheld device alcohol meter Nor a series of coordination tests. The “non-invasive” technology advocated by NTSB will be fully integrated into the new models. It’s essentially a series of sensors that monitor the levels of alcohol in the air that drivers exhale, along with other touch sensors that read blood alcohol levels using light.
Air sensors can be mounted on the steering column, behind the steering wheel, and touch sensors can be integrated into the start / stop buttons. These systems will automatically test for unsafe alcohol levels, and limit or prevent drivers from starting their vehicles if an obstruction is found.
aaccording to News agencyDrDrunk-driving technology has been in development since 2008 with research and funding coming primarily from NHTSA and a group of automakers. The combined effort culminated with a group called the Driver Safety Alcohol Detection System or DADDSas such Car News reports.
The parents The group has led advances in the technology, which the NTSB says could be licensed by US automakers by 2024, and will be available in new cars just two years later.
this is Technology is a lot less heavy than I would have imagined. If the end systems aren’t as annoying as they seem, they can help. Although the most recent reports indicate a decrease in the number of traffic deaths, drunk driving still represents a large part of the problem – accounting for about 30 percent of all traffic deaths in the United States.
according to APAnd the 11,654 people died in alcohol-related accidents in 2020, a 14 percent increase from the previous year, in 2019. The NTSB cited Collide In 2021 he killed two adults and seven children in California, 28 years later –An elderly drunk driver crashed his SUV into a Ford F-150.
The drunk driver was heading home after a New Year’s party, traveling 88 to 98 mph when he veered into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on with the truck. The truck caught fire, and pedestrians could not reach the passengers who did not die in the accident. The seven children in the truck were between 6 years old and 15 years old.
At the time of the accident, the SUV driver’s blood alcohol level was 0.21 percent, nearly three times the state’s legal limit. This type of accident is what DADSS technology can help prevent, according to the NTSB.
But the NTSB has no regulatory authority, which is why it is only recommended that passive alcohol detection systems be installed in new passenger cars. The NTSB is passing its recommendation to the NHTSA, which will have to decide whether to make alcohol detection systems mandatory by November 2024.