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Future Self-Driving Cars Won’t Let Drunk Drivers Take Control

Tech like breathalyzers and eye-trackers could make self-driving cars safer than ever. ¦ Pexels

Tech like breathalyzers and eye-trackers could make self-driving cars safer than ever. ¦ Pexels

As impressive as current self-driving cars are, they still require some degree of help from humans. While this is not entirely a bad thing, a completely autonomous vehicle has one major perk; it could save us from ourselves.

According to the Board of National Statistics, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 29% of the total vehicle traffic fatalities in 2017. Although the numbers continue to drop, autonomous vehicles can lower it further,

That’s why some European researchers decided to create and equip self-driving cars with a sensor that detects when a driver is intoxicated or passing out. In response, the car can take control of itself.

How Future Self-Driving Cars Can Judge If You’re Fit To Drive

According to reports, these new sensors include built-in breath analyzer and eye-tracking scanners.

That way, when the car detects that the driver is unresponsive, it does one of three things. The car can turn on the hazard lights, pull over, or finish the drive on its own.

In a statement to Horizon, Anna Anund of the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute said:

“We want to make sure that we don’t give the control back to drivers that are not fit to drive, and also that we can use the automated functionality to take over the control if the driver is not fit to drive.”

The researcher explained that the goal was to provide drivers with a “safe and acceptable transition”. In the end, it would prevent crashes that could lead to severe injuries or fatality.

The technology to make the self-driving cars safer already exists, so that’s not the issue.

The challenge is implementing an eye-tracking software, car ignition breath analyzers, and other related techs in the current semi-autonomous vehicles. Ultimately, self-driving car manufacturers must take the initiative to make their vehicles as safe as possible.

Read More: How Self-Driving Cars Could Eradicate Traffic Jams

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    Anthony Crosier March 24 at 10:21 am GMT

    Whoah, a car who can detect a drunk driver. I like that feature. Hoping that it will lessen the accident caused by human errors.

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      John Usrey March 26 at 1:48 am GMT

      They probably are safer but they have the same drawbacks as cars.

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        Shannon Harrington April 03 at 11:39 am GMT

        Thinking about bad weather, is self-driving car will be able to operate in a heavy snow?

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          Isaac Hesson April 05 at 9:50 am GMT

          when the rain comes along we freak out

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          John Usrey April 06 at 10:08 am GMT

          Hey Shannon, thanks to a new algorithm that allows EV’s to analyze laser bursts and their subsequent echoes to figure out whether they’re hitting raindrops or snowflakes.

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