Cars are already very smart. They can tell when you’re not paying attention to the road, they know if you’re taking your hands off the wheel, and they can even tell when you’re feeling sleepy. Some cars will flash the little coffee cup symbol when they think you’re too tired to drive. But what if they could determine if the driver was drunk? That’s what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing, and GM supports the idea.
NHTSA has been trying to get drunk driving detection technology into cars for years. However, it recently issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for “impaired driving prevention technology.” In short, NHTSA wants to establish standards for what constitutes impaired driving and the technology needed to detect it. GM is working to help create such technology.
“We have been working with regulators on this,” GM CEO Mary Barra said during an interview at the Economic Club in Washington, D.C., on December 13. Car News. “We have the technology to do that. I think that technology is coming and I think it will be beneficial for everyone.”