Perfect for Lindsay Lohan: Nissan's New On-Board Breathalyzer
Manufacturers like Saab, Toyota and Volvo have already developed breathalyzers in their cars, and now Nissan is joining them. The company is testing a new system in Japan that will force drivers to blow into a breathalyzer to start the car. If they blow and the level is above the specified limit, the ignition will be disabled.
Nissan will test the system in real-world situations, partnering with local authorities in two Japanese cities. It will be interesting to see if the technology has a practical application. We joke about Lindsay Lohan, but as traffic deaths have declined in the U.S., traffic deaths involving alcohol have not, and devices like these could be the next court-ordered gadget to curb drunken driving.