July 24, 2007

Nissan begins tests on preventative drunk-driving technology

Tokyo, Japan – Nissan has announced it will begin testing a new technology to prevent drinking and drinking, in cooperation with local authorities in Japan. The company will test a new on-board breathalyzer system that can detect the alcohol level on a driver’s breath; if it detects alcohol above the specified level, the ignition will be disabled through an interlock mechanism.

The system is installed on daily-operating vehicles, where the drivers will monitor various factors, such as functionality and alcohol-detection reliability. Nissan will use these test results to further its research and development in the technology.

To use the system, the driver turns the ignition key to “start”, and breathes into the breathalyzer; if the alcohol concentration is below the specified level, the engine will start.

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