Senior Saab executives and Swedish car-fleet and taxi operators are to participate in user trials for the Saab AlcoKey, an alcohol breath test unit which prevents people from driving over the limit.
The six-month user trial will involve about 100 cars. It is the final step in a two-year development program that has focused on miniaturising the unit to its current small size and maximising battery longevity.
Announcing the user trial program, in which he will take part as well, Saab Automobile Managing Director Jan-Åke Jonsson said: ‘Car crashes and personal injuries due to drunk driving remain a great concern and Saab wants to do what it can to help prevent this.’
‘We have listened to car-fleet operators in
The size of a small mobile phone, the Saab AlcoKey module incorporates a cap covering a mouthpiece where the driver provides a breath sample before starting the car. A radio transmitter then sends a signal to the car’s electronic control unit that will either allow the car to be started or remain immobilised if the breath sample is found to contain alcohol above the permitted legal level.
The AlcoKey is currently intended only for the Swedish market. It meets increasing demand in