News & Updates

DADSS RESEARCH PROGRAM  |  NOVEMBER 17, 2020

KEA Technologies Expands Independent Testing Capabilities for U.S. Breathalyzer Manufacturers

November 2020

KEA Technologies, a provider of independent testing services, product development, and engineering solutions, announced today its additional ISO/IEC 17025:2017 testing accreditations for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIIDs) and a new project with Smart Start, a worldwide manufacturer of ignition interlock devices since 1992.

DADSS RESEARCH PROGRAM  |  JUNE 15, 2019

DADSS Research Program at the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Technical Conference

June 2019

In early June, the DADSS Research Program participated in the 26th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

This bi-annual conference, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is designed to share innovative advances in motor vehicle safety and encourage international cooperation among the global community.

DADSS RESEARCH PROGRAM  |  October 8, 2019

DADSS Research Program Update

October 2019

Human Subject Drivers Testing Rolls Out

In March of 2019, the DADSS Program received OMB approval to run a series of controlled, in-vehicle tests involving sober drivers and drinking passengers to determine how the sensors respond to real-world driving conditions. These tests began in Massachusetts in late June, in partnership with McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate as well as at KEA Technologies, Inc. The data collected from this research will inform the development and calibration of the next generation of breath sensors, as well as future vehicle integration.

DADSS RESEARCH PROGRAM  |  October 2019

DADSS Research Program Update - Assessing System Implementation Readiness of the Driver Alcohol Assessing System Implementation Readiness of the Driver Alcohol Detection System For Safety (DADSS) To Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving in a Real-World Driving Pilot Deployment Project

October 2019

The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Program – a joint effort of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety – has been developing unique, in-vehicle alcohol detection systems to more effectively address the problem of alcohol-impaired driving. These technologies, both breath-and touch-based, are intended to be seamless with the driving task, non-intrusive, accurate, fast, reliable, durable, and require little or no maintenance. Now in Phase III of development, the breath- based technology is ready for real-world road testing in a naturalistic setting in the State of Virginia, U.S.A. The Driven to Protect Powered by DADSS initiative, is a partnership with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety. As the technical and program management lead, KEA Technologies, Inc. has instrumented and deployed a small fleet of pilot test vehicles to examine the data from breath-based prototype sensors under various environmental, driver/user interaction, and user demographics conditions.

CITY JOURNAL MAGAZINE  |  SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

AV vs. DUI: Autonomous vehicles offer new promise for combating drunk driving, but they also raise new questions.

September 1, 2018

Despite deaths from cell phones and other tech distractions, a huge percentage of the carnage on America’s roads is still due to drinking and driving. Out of the 37,461 people killed on the roads in 2016, 10,497 people—nearly 30 percent—died because they were, or someone else was, drunk. An innovative way is emerging to cut that death toll, and it highlights the burgeoning issues of regulating autonomous vehicle (AV) technology.

 

Government, academia, and the private sector have long collaborated on a technological breakthrough to reduce drunk-driving deaths. For a decade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the auto industry’s Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) have partnered to support the commercial research and development of something called DADSS—Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety.

WTOP  |  JANUARY 28, 2018

WTOP: Program explores tech to keep drunken drivers off the road

January 2018

The Washington Auto Show showcased a lot of technology meant to keep you safer behind the wheel, including one program experimenting with tech to keep drunken drivers off the road.

 

WASHINGTON — This year’s D.C. auto show included a lot of emphasis on autonomous technology meant to keep you safer on the road.

But what if there was technology that could keep drunken drivers from ever getting on the road to begin with?

 

One program hopes to make that happen.

Boston-based KEA Technologies is working with the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) program to come up with a passive way to keep drunken drivers off the road.

Bud Zaouk, the president and CEO of KEA Technologies, said the aim would be to allow the vehicle to start but not get into gear if too much alcohol was detected in the driver’s system.

“We don’t want to change what you do in the car,” Zaouk said. “You get in the car and then the sensors will identify whether you have alcohol and how much alcohol you have.”

DADSS RESEARCH PROGRAM   |  JULY 6, 2017

DADSS Research Program at the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Technical Conference in June

June 2017

In early June, the DADSS Research Program participated in the 25th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) in Detroit, MI.

 

This bi-annual conference, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is designed to share innovative advances in motor vehicle safety and encourage international cooperation to the global community.

The DADSS program was well-represented at ESV: more than five technical papers were submitted and four presentations were made by the program leaders, technology developers and partners. This included a status update by DADSS Program & Technical Manager Bud Zaouk; presentation by Jonas Ljungblad of Hok Instrument AB on the breath-based system; and finally, new findings on the preliminary human testing results being conducted by Dr. Scott Lukas, of the Harvard Medical School-affiliated McLean Hospital.