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NHTSA awards $2.25M contract to develop in-car blood alcohol test

September 26, 2011

NHTSA awards $2.25M contract to develop in-car blood alcohol test

By Nat Shirley

Despite recent advances in automotive safety technologies, an average of 70 Americans per day are killed in drunk driving-related accidents. The NHTSA is looking to put a dent in that figure by awarding a contract worth $2.25 million to TK Holdings Inc. to develop a new in-car blood alcohol testing device.

TK, which is the Detroit-based subsidiary of Japanese auto supply company Takata, will employ infrared technology created by TruTouch Technologies, Inc. The device will use infrared light to measure alcohol in the bloodstream at the touch of a button and, if the driver has been excessively bibulous, can shut down the vehicle’s engine. Read the full article here.

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