New In-Vehicle Tech Designed To Prevent Drunk Driving [VIDEO]

March 20, 2019 - 3:36 pm

SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) - Experimental new in-vehicle technology, demonstrated in Southfield today, is designed to keep drunken drivers off the road.

Robert Strassburger of the Automotive Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety says, unlike current interlock devices, this technology features sensors that can accurately detect the alcohol level in a driver's normal breathing to disable the car.

"Basically it's taking a university chemistry lab and condensing it into technology no bigger than your cell phone and sticking it in your car," Strassburger said.

He told WWJ Newsradio 950's Ron Dewey this new tech would be as passive as lane departure warning or emergency braking systems. All the driver would have to do is breathe.

"We can measure with very high precision and accuracy exactly how much alcohol is in your blood. Current interlocks can't do that; all they tell you is alcohol present, or not? They couldn't tell you which side of the .08 line you're on," Strassburger said. 

"This technology would give you the confidence of knowing you're legal."

The new devices will be introduced to the fleet market late next year before being sold as an aftermarket accessory.

Strassburger estimates the new technology could prevent 7,000 drunk driving deaths a year.