We salute that! New technology to assist automobiles in detecting drunk driving and preventing it

Driving while intoxicated is one of the major causes of traffic accidents worldwide, and while most nations impose highly harsh punishments for the act, enforcement may not always be uniformly successful.

But what if you may have had one too many and your automobile itself stops you from leaving?

Today's automobiles are outfitted with a variety of cutting-edge technology, including driver detection systems, and alcohol impairment detection systems are catching up. For instance, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the US has urged for the inclusion of alcohol impairment detection devices as standard equipment in all cars and vehicle subvariants. In a devastating head-on accident between a Dodge SUV and a Ford F-150 truck on New Year's Day of last year, nine individuals, including seven children, perished in rural California, according to NTSB officer Jennifer Homendy.

"Technology might have averted this sad disaster, Just as it can prevent the tens of thousands of fatalities from impaired-driving and speeding-related crashes we see in the US yearly," she added.

In the US alone, over 11,000 people died in 2020 as a result of drunk driving. Around 8,300 people died in India that year as a result of drunk driving. Some of the major offences that intoxicated or buzzed drivers commit include speeding, driving in the wrong lane, failing to negotiate corners, and reversing at random. However, alcohol impairment detection technologies can prevent or at least lessen these regrettable situations.

Systems for detecting alcohol impairment might operate in a number of ways. In a manner similar to how driver sleepiness detection systems operate, the facial characteristics of the driver are passively observed. If the driver is determined to be intoxicated, the system may sound a loud warning or even progressively reduce speed until it comes to a stop. The system's application areas are continuously being researched and refined.

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