Drunk-driving detection technology will be required in new cars by 2026, and here’s what it could look like | News

Four years from now, all new cars must have drunk-driving detection technology as part of President Biden’s infrastructure bill. Action News Now went to a local agency to find out what this type of technology could look like.



Butte County, California – Four years from now, all new cars should be equipped with drunk driving detection technology, it’s part of President Biden’s infrastructure bill.

Cars made in 2026 and beyond will look a little different than they do now.

Everything that was built next would come with new technology, technology that could tell when someone was driving while drunk.






Drunk driving detection technology will soon come to new cars by 2026

But what would that look like?

“The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration hasn’t really made a decision on what they’ll order just yet,” said Ryan Sutton, executive general manager of Chicco Nissan Hyundai.

Sutton said he had an idea of ​​what to expect.

“Maybe some kind of ventilator fingerprint technology where you blow into your key,” Sutton said.

Sutton also brought up the idea of ​​having in-car spirometers, similar to a CA law that took effect in 2019.

This law requires people convicted of drunk driving to blow into the alcohol meter before starting the vehicle.

Automaker Volvo is one of the companies that has already been working on this type of technology for several years now. Most of that technology uses advanced cameras.

In a demonstration video from Volvo, the narrator notes that its cameras record that the driver has taken his eyes off the road long enough to create a danger. The vehicle will then engage safety support systems and issue a reminder to drive carefully.

And the person who knows very well the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol is the mother of Christina Chesterman. She says this technology will go a long way in preventing people from driving while drunk.

“If this prevents one person from getting behind the wheel, is that a success, right?” Sandra Chesterman said.

Chesterman’s daughter was on her way to class in Chico State when she was killed by a drunk driver. Sandra says this new technology is a step up but there is more to be done.

“We can change our laws, make it tougher in some countries where you get caught driving under the influence and you go to prison for a year,” Chesterman explained. “We can increase access to discreet flights.”

She doesn’t want other families to go through what she did.

She lived every day the best of her life. “It’s as if she knew her life was going to end,” Chesterman said.

Although there are plenty of people who support this new technology, not many people in the auto industry are ready for this mandate. Many of them point out that the technology can backfire and not work.

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