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The day may come when your car simply may not start if it thinks you have had too much to drink. In an effort to prevent DUI, the federal government and several auto makers have teamed up to develop the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, DADSS. The goal is to create an unobtrusive way to detect intoxication and prevent vehicle operation, and therefore DUI, if a driver has had too much to drink. Two devices are being developed simultaneously. First, a device that absorbs the driver's exhaled breath as he/she breathes normally in the cabin of the car. The second is touch-based, measuring the blood alcohol content in the capillaries of a person's finger as they touch a surface – perhaps the starter button of the car. You can read more about the technologies below. Unfortunately, they do not offer any depictions of the prototypes.
These devices have been in development since 2008, and they are a ways off from being put into passenger cars. The technology must still prove reliable enough to be used in such a way. However, it's something that may be on the horizon. Keep in mind that we have devices that could do what DADSS is set out to accomplish – the ignition interlock device. The difference is that a driver must provide a rather large breath sample into a plastic tube with an ignition interlock. The DADSS devices seem to be more effortless and integrated into the normal driving experience.