America moves towards mandatory anti-drink-drive tech

Car manufacturers in America may soon be required to install technology that stops a car from moving if the driver is over the alcohol limit.

The new transportation and infrastructure measure passed last week includes new car safety requirements including a provision requiring the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to, within five years, develop a rule requiring advanced drunk driving prevention technology in all new cars.

The report adds that the federal government and automakers have already been jointly researching a Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, which passively tests driver intoxication through breath or touch and does not require the driver to blow into a breathalyser or take any other action.

Several entrepreneurial solutions have been around for years including the Canadian-designed Alcolock (pictured) which has been used in certain circumstances in the US and beyond to check that people who’ve been convicted of drink driving are not drunk when they get behind the wheel.

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