Autoliv selected for NHTSA alcohol-sensing project

  • 15-Dec-2009 03:50 EST

Autoliv has been selected as a partner to participate in the recently announced alcohol-sensing feasibility project cosponsored by the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency estimates that one-third of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. are alcohol-related. The funded project aims at greater public acceptance for in-vehicle alcohol-detection systems in all cars. The Autoliv approach is to identify via IR spectroscopy small variations in the air composition within an arm's length of the driver’s mouth and nose. Measured will be alcohol and CO2 concentrations. Most consumers and vehicle manufacturers have resisted installation of such systems. “We are not saying we have all the solutions today, but we feel we can make a significant contribution to hopefully someday solving the problem of impaired driving,” said Håkan Pettersson, Project Manager for Autoliv. The Sweden-based company is working closely with SenseAir AB and Hok Instrument AB. The initial phase of this project is expected to be completed by July.

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