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Sorry boss, you can't drive!

V.S. Palaniappan


A new device fitted to a vehicle will automatically prevent a drunken person from driving it


- file Photo: S. Siva Saravanan

Frequent vehicle checks for drunken driving can be done away with once vechicles are fitted with a new device.

Coimbatore: Next time you try to drive your vehicle in an inebriated condition, beware. There is a possibility that its engine seizes after repeated attempts to start it.

A new device designed by a 27-year-old Research Scientist at a multi-national company, once fitted to a vehicle, at first gives warning signals to the driver and then automatically switches off the engine.

The ‘Hi-tech Drugged Drive Preventive System for Automobiles, as R. Muthukumar has named it, works along the same principle as that of a breath analyser now being used by the police, but in a better and swift manner.

The device has a sensor that analyses the breath of the driver to detect the presence of alcohol content. If the driver tests positive, the LCD screen attached to it displays the message: “Sorry boss, you cannot drive your vehicle now since alcohol content is present in your body.” It will prevent the engine getting ignited.

If no alcohol content is detected, the message on display will be: “Alcohol content not detected.” To check the vision ability of the driver, the device asks him to enter a three-digit number displayed on screen. If he enters it correctly, then he will be asked to enter the code word for his vehicle. This process can prevent vehicle-thefts too, says Mr. Muthukumar.

And if you think you can cheat the device by consuming alcohol after the vehicle is started, you are wrong. For every 30 seconds, the alcohol sensor would get reactivated to ensure that the driver is in ‘proper condition.' The device repeats all the above steps and if you fail to pass the tests, the engine switches off automatically.

The device can be fitted to vehicles either by manufacturers themselves or by vehicle-owners. Mr.Muthukumar says that he has already bagged a gold medal for his product “Automatic Electric Engineering System with Hi-Tech Security System” and 50 other national invention awards.

Mr. Muthukumar, a resident of Vadavalli in Coimbatore, can be reached at muthu.minu@gmail.com. Phone: 97878-35969.

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