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Is toyota going to far? - blood alky sensors

heres the link

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070103/...runken_driving

I for one think its a great idea, maybe minus the slowing down while driving part. But is it allowable? It seems like they'd be over stepping there boundaries, although when i think about it, you have a choice when buying or not buying there car.


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TOKYO - 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's headquarters in Nagoya rang unanswered on Wednesday, a public holiday.

Nissan Motor Co., another Japanese car manufacturer, has already been experimenting with breathalyzer-like devices that could detect if a driver was drunken. Similar technologies, such as alcohol ignition interlocks, are in use in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Concerns over drunken driving have surged in Japan following a series of alcohol-related accidents last year. In August, a drunken driver collided with another vehicle carrying a family of five, plunging them off a bridge and killing three children.

The incident prompted stepped-up roadside spot checks by police, who also plan to stiffen penalties for drunken driving.


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Re: Is toyota going to far? - blood alky sensors

Very intresting stuff. I bet it will be standard on most cars before long. One of many ways to help end drunk driving.


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Won't be long till we have cars that drive themselves to prevent human error altogether...this is just a start.

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nice...one more thing that I will have to pay to buy, pay to maintain, and pay to fix when it breaks.
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The detecting blood alcohol level in the sweat from your hands is a nice touch. The checking for unfocused pupils is not a good idea I think, unless of course it has a long check time like a minute or something. Otherwise I would have my car pulled over every 20 minutes if I was driving as if traffic is light I do tend to stare off into space every once in awhile for a few seconds or something.

The driving erratically also doesn't sound like a good idea. What if you are driving a really crappy back road dodging little pot holes and stuff???

The blood alcohol in the sweat could also prove bad, what happens if you just put some rubbing alcohol on something and you got it on your hands (or really did just have a drink put spilled it on your hand(s))? Anyway, the later one seems like a pretty darned unlikely issue to crop up and I guess I would support that one, but the others I would not support.
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way to go toyota, you're removing one of our last fail safe devices for population control.

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Re: Is toyota going to far? - blood alky sensors

The problem with drunks driving, is that it seems they always live, after plowing into a family. As much as I hate to have more laws and control, it does sound like a good idea. When people wont and in the case often cant control or make intelligent decisions I think its a great idea.

Or just legalize weed, and make alcohol harder to get, then everybody is too damn stuck to want to go anywhere.
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Why can't they just gaurantee prison time for a first offense? I think that would pretty much cut down on drunk driving altogether.
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Re: Is toyota going to far? - blood alky sensors

[quote author=murph182 link=topic=66039.msg1132520#msg1132520 date=1167917395]
nice...one more thing that I will have to pay to buy, pay to maintain, and pay to fix when it breaks.
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[quote author=biped link=topic=66039.msg1132705#msg1132705 date=1167926994]
way to go toyota, you're removing one of our last fail safe devices for population control.
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note to self dont buy toyota. 2nd note wear gloves when driving a toyota

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