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Concept Car Gets Testy With Drunk Drivers

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A new concept car with breathalyser-like detection systems may provide even greater traction for Japanese efforts to keep impaired drivers off the road.

Nissan's alkohol- detection sensors check odor, sweat and driver awareness, issuing a voice alert from the navigation system and locking up the ignition if necessary.

Odor sensors on the driver and passenger seats read alkohol levels, while a detector in the gear-shift knob measures the perspiration of the driver's palm when starting the car.

Other carmakers with detection systems include Sweden's Volvo , which has developed technology in which drivers blow into a measuring unit in the seat belt before an engine can start.

But Nissan's car includes a mounted camera that monitors alertness by eye scan, ringing bells and issuing a voice message in Japanese or English if a driver should pull over and rest.

The car technology is still in development, but general manager Kazuhiro Doi says the combination of detection systems will ultimately keep an eye on who's behind the wheel.

"We've placed odor detectors and a sweat sensor on the gear shift, but for example if the gear-shift sensor was bypassed by a passenger using it instead of the driver, the facial recognition system would be used," said Doi.

Also keeping a short leash on drivers, car seat belts tighten if drowsiness is detected, while an on-road monitor checks if a car is keeping its lane properly.

Japan's No. 3 carmaker has no specific timetable for marketing, but aims to yoke all technology to cut the number of fatalities involving its vehicles to half 1995 levels by 2015.

Nissan's Doi says they still have to distil exactly what impairment means: "If you drink one be*er, it's going to register, so we need to study what's the appropriate level for the system to activate."

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Who would wanna buy such a car. And you have to pay more for these stupid extras.. And it makes me smile when i think about some faulty sensors in the system..

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actually the technology has been around for awhile, infact its actually on US roads in some states (retrofitted)

I think toyota or someone had it coming out in 2009, anyway the system is still flawed since it lets chinks and non-makes drive

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And now even more crap on cars, what happened to personal accountability?

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That went the way of parental responsibility, now it is always the media's fault.

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QUOTE(Jdubs99 @ Aug 23 2007, 12:58 PM) [snapback]178378[/snapback]

And now even more crap on cars, what happened to personal accountability?


if such a thing existed then I would have no need to go out and seek justice each night

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