A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) crash investigation has concluded with potentially wide-reaching implications for the auto industry, as the panel is recommending all new vehicles be equipped with technology that stops the engine if a drunk driver is at the wheel.
The NTSB cited the severe effects alcohol and speed had on the accident it was investigating, adding that one in three traffic fatalities on US roads involve alcohol and that impaired driving crashes have increased in the past few years.
From that, the American agency concludes that it's time to install hardware in cars that can passively detect whether a driver is intoxicated and likely unable to safely drive, based on breath and touch, and take action if necessary – such as stopping or limiting the vehicle.
"We recommended that [the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] NHTSA require that all new vehicles be equipped with passive vehicle-integrated alcohol ...
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