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SMART CARS COULD BUST DRUNK DRIVERS
(2007-01-03)
(wgvu) - Toyota is developing a fail-safe system for cars
that detects drunken drivers.
The system automatically shuts the vehicle down if sensors pick
up signs of too much alcohol.
Cars fitted with the detectors will not start if sweat sensors
in the driving wheel detect high levels of alcohol in the driver's
bloodstream.
The system could also kick in if the sensors detect abnormal
steering, or if a special camera shows that the driver's pupils are
not in focus.
The car is then slowed to a halt.
The world's Number 2 automaker hopes to fit cars with the system
by the end of 2009.
Nissan has already been experimenting with breathalyzer-like
devices that could detect excessive alcohol consumption.
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