It’s an idea that could mark a pretty revolutionary change for vehicle safety: What if our cars could prevent drunk driving?
The recent infrastructure law included a provision mandating that, starting in a few years, all new cars must include some sort of technology to detect and prevent drunk driving.
Some companies were already racing to figure out how to do this. Now, it’s going to be required.
“I actually think this particular technology could save more lives than airbags,” says David Harkey, the president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “We’re talking about more than 10,000 people that are losing their lives annually as a result of