none

BREATH-TESTING STEERING WHEEL STEERS STATISTICS TOWARDS SAFETY

03-08-2015
by 
in 

Last week, the Department Of Transportation showcased prototypes of the attached breath analyser, and another blood-alcohol detector that functions by touch.

They hope these devices could significantly reduce the nearly 10,000 people that are killed each year in America as a result of drunk driving.

As part of their ongoing Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) program, the DOT is working to cut down that number by as much as 70 percent.

An analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that if the blood-alcohol content of drivers could be limited to .08 percent or below, 7,000 traffic fatalities could be avoided each year.

“DADSS has enormous potential to prevent drunk driving in specific populations such as teen drivers and commercial fleets, and making it an option available to vehicle owners would provide a powerful new tool in the battle against drunk driving deaths,” Mark Rosekind, a transport administrator, said in a statement.

Federal agencies have collaborated on DADSS since 2008, and the program counts Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen among its private backers.

In 2011, DADSS awarded Takata, a Japanese maker of automobile parts, $2.25 million dollars to research a touch-based blood alcohol detector.

Currently, 25 states require that first-time offenders of drunk driving use an interlock devices that tests their breath for alcohol before they drive.

The device being developed by DADSS is different, relying on the air in the car and not just direct exhalation.

At the moment, the safety technology remains largely conceptual, and officials familiar with the matter stress that the project is still a work in progress.

“There is still a great deal of work to do, but support from Congress and industry has helped us achieve key research and development milestones,” Rosekind said.

Department of Transportation

Site: http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/

 

Related news & editorials

  1. 16.10.2018
    16.10.2018
    by      In
    The Government has unveiled a $5 million scheme to encourage high-quality graduate engineers to work in Australia’s automotive sector. The Automotive Engineering Graduate Programme aims to increase the level of advanced engineering skills in the sector and is part of the $100 million Advanced... Read More
  2. 15.10.2018
    15.10.2018
    by      In
    Industry Update is delighted to announce that we are expanding our video offerings with a new series of tutorial style videos that perfectly complement our existing library of news style videos.
    In the first series, we are partnering with sensor specialist VEGA to publish eight playlists of videos... Read More
  3. 15.10.2018
    15.10.2018
    by      In
    Kennards Hire is certainly “doing its bit” to help Australia’s drought stricken farmers and their families. The work began with the Kennards branch network throwing itself behind the Buy a Bale initiative, and is now continuing with a key role in the Mega Farm Rescue.
    Kennards Hire team members... Read More
  4. 15.10.2018
    15.10.2018
    by      In
    The Adelaide Convention Centre is set to host some of the world’s leading researchers and practitioners in the field of corrosion prevention and management. Corrosion & Prevention 2018 will run from 11th to 14th November, combing a high-quality technical programme with a 60-plus exhibitor trade... Read More