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Toyota Motor Corp. is developing a fail-safe system for cars that detects drunken drivers and automatically shuts the vehicle down if sensors pick up signs of excessive alcohol consumption, a news report said Wednesday.
Cars fitted with the detection system will not start if sweat sensors in the driving wheel detect high levels of alcohol in the driver's bloodstream, according to a report carried by the mass-circulation daily, Asahi Shimbun.
The system could also kick in if the sensors detect abnormal steering, or if a special camera shows that the driver's pupils are not in focus. The car is then slowed to a halt, the report said.
The world's No. 2 automaker hopes to fit cars with the system by the end of 2009, according to the report. Calls to Toyota (nyse: TM - news - people )'s headquarters in Nagoya rang unanswered on Wednesday, a public holiday.
im not sure if this thing has been completely thought out. a parked vehicle on a freeway is pretty dangerous. if anything, it should limit how fast a car can go. but there are problems with that idea as well.
halve i see where you're coming from...if it was in the middle of the highway. however if it was able to be on the side then its an absolute no brainer that its worth it. itd be amazing if they could come up with something like that.
Usually I wouldn't give credit to Volvo, but Volvo originally came up with this idea. They never stated that it would go into production though. Props to Toyota for bringing this idea back and putting a different spin on it and actually putting it into production.
This just means I gotta drive with gloves and shades on.
I'm kidding - technology rocks!
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