The Department of Transportation has recently unveiled plans for technology that would allow automobiles to tell if a driver is drunk when he or she gets in the car – and then stop them from starting the car. Two different systems are being developed: one that can detect the presence of alcohol via touchpads, which may be on either the steering wheel or push button ignitions, and one which works like a breathalyzer test when a driver gets in the car. Officials hope that one or both of these technologies will be available in automobiles by the end of the decade.
Will this new technology help to bring about the end of drunk driving? Or do you see problems with the technology not working right, such as not allowing sober drivers to start their cars?