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.
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?
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.