DADSS named one of TIME MAGAZINE'S 50 best inventions

Recently, TIME MAGAZINE released “The Invention Issue,” In which they named the 50 best inventions of 2011.  MADD is proud that the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) is listed among them.  DADSS is a cooperative research project between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and leading automakers through the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety to encourage and support the development of new technology that would stop drivers from operating a vehicle if drunk.

As stated in TIME, the project is developing "touch- and breath-based sensors that could be strategically placed on steering wheels and ignition push buttons to instantly measure drivers' blood alcohol concentration. The sensors would automatically analyze a driver's breath or skin to determine whether or not he or she was fit to drive.

The devices are in testing now and will be embedded into a research vehicle by the end of 2013," TIME continues. "If all goes as planned, they could be on the road in eight to 10 years."

The DADSS research program is one of the three elements of MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®, which is marked its fifth year of progress in 2011.  Read more about the DADSS program here.