Drinking and driving have caused many road accidents ever since automobiles have been invented. Everyone know that having too much alcohol in our system impairs our driving abilities but that doesn’t stop some from driving their cars. Road safety agencies all over the world have been trying to eliminate or somehow reduce drunk driving incidents. Soon, law enforcement agencies may find a new ally in the fight against drunk drivers – their own cars.
United State’s National Highway Safety Administration is working to develop a new program that will enable cars or trucks to choose whether or not their drivers are allowed to drive. The program will determine this by reading the level of their drivers’ drunkenness.
For everyone’s information, ignition interlock devices have been around for years. These devices, which are breathalyzers installed into a car’s ignition system, are assigned by courts to drivers who have been convicted of drunk driving. However, NHTSA’s new program works differently. The project will not require drivers to breathe into breathalyzers, the new technology will read the the driver’s breath automatically.
The second prototype which interest the NHTSA will read blood alcohol content of a driver through his/her skin. This prototype can be installed in the car’s shift knob or in the steering wheel. NHTSA believes that once these technologies mature, these alcohol detection systems will become standard features in new vehicles. These systems can save thousands of lives.
Aside from those systems, there are other car safety systems that are being develop as you read this article. Here are some of these car safety systems:
Cars That Communicate with Each Other and the Road
Imagine your car communicating with other vehicles on the road. This car safety technology will enable your car to give and receive signals from other vehicles that are directly in your path and warns you of potential collision, it can even automatically brake the car to avoid accident.
Car makers are researching and developing two technologies that will equip future cars with the ability to communicate with each other by sending and receiving signals.
This novel idea has been around for a long time. There are now cars that can park themselves. A truly self-driving car is not on the road yet but these cars are closer to become real than you might think.
Augmented Reality Dashboards
Future cars will be able to identify what is in front of the driver and display information about the objects on the windshield. This may sound far-fetched but there are already high-end cars that can display GPS and other information on the windshield. So, this technology will surely become true sooner rather than later.
Airbags That Help Stop Cars
Curtain airbags, side airbags, knee airbags, seat belts airbags and airbags deployed under the passengers. Airbags have been a constant safety feature in our cars these days. Mercedes is working on a new way to employ airbags. The automaker is looking to make airbags from passive safety measure to be an active safety system.
Energy-storing Body Panels
Hybrid cars are very good for the environment but their batteries take up a lot of space and are heavy. Even Lithium-ion batteries are heavy, that’s where energy-storing body panels come in. Automakers are looking to test if this idea is feasible.
This video shows about an innovative way of promoting safe driving: