Drinking and driving has plagued our roads for many generations. Though the numbers do show signs of improvement, people are still dying every day from accidents caused by drinking and driving.
There is still much the world can do to improve the safety of people on the road, and technology has been an excellent platform for change. Your car may soon decide if you’re “good” to drive.
Check out a few of the exciting technologies in the working to effectively eradicate deaths and injuries due to intoxicated drivers.
Ignition interlocking devices
In nearly half of the nation’s states, there are ignition interlocking consequences for DUI offenders, even on the first offense. Though ignition interlocking devices have been around for a while, the technology is becoming much more efficient.
With added efficiency comes added backing from police departments and a larger market for the device to actually do some good. Drivers are subjected to a breathalyzer before their ignition will turn over.
Touch sensors that detect BAC
Ignition interlocks have progressed to the more technologically advanced touch sensor detection systems. There are already sober steering devices on the market, but the device is relatively new.
Through the use of infrared sensors, small biosensors analyze the chemical makeup of the oils and sweat produced from your palms to determine whether or not you are intoxicated.
The biosensors can be set up to check the driver’s BAC at random while the vehicle is in operation. There are also systems where the sensors are built into shifters.
Mobile apps have gone next level
There are now numerous mobile applications that are great for reducing the instances of drunk driving on the roads. The key is that drivers have to be willing to abide by the results. The apps are designed to tell drivers when they’ve had too much to drive, but drivers have to be willing to listen to the actions recommended by the program.
Mobile personal taxi service applications have also helped to reduce the instances of drunk driving on the roads. Services like Uber and Lyft are affordable and convenient to use, and people are latching onto this transportation alternative.
A tattoo that detects BAC levels
The University of California has been working on a cool device that looks like a tattoo. Users stick it to their skin, and the biosensors in the device can detect the user’s BAC through their sweat.
The information would then be transmitted to the wearer’s mobile device via Bluetooth. If a high BAC is detected, the program sends out strict warnings to users. Responsible drinkers will likely respond well to the advice of the mobile application associated with the device.