Sweaty hands? Your car won't start
Thursday, January 04, 2007
TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- Toyota Motor is developing a fail-safe system for cars that detects drunk 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.
My sense is that Britain will probably avoid this latest Japanese innovation, even though there's a Toyota factory on our soil. The drink drive culture has pretty much evaporated in recent years. Young people in particular are very sensible about the issue.
In Japan, however, the masculine drinking culture has hardly been addressed at all. It remains perfectly normal to get drunk, grope women and vomit/piss in the street. Hopping into a car after a few drinks is still not the social taboo it needs to be.
posted by Blamerbell @ 2:42 pm,