To curb the rise of drunk drivers, as well as in response to new legislation passed in several states in the US, TOYOTA is developing an anti drunk driving technology that shut down the vehicle if high levels of alcohol are detected in the driver.
This innovative system consists of a hand-held breathalyzer that determines the driver’s alcohol level while being photographed with its integrated digital camera for identification. If the driver is tested positive for high levels of alcohol, the system either warns him or even locks the vehicle’s ignition.
Toyota is currently conducting tests with its affiliate truck manufacturer Hino Motors and plans to install the system in selected trucks and other vehicles of their fleet customers, which include private companies and government institutions.
PS: Nissan is also working on the same technology. This will help to implement the new laws in US regarding drunk drivers.
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