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The Launch of the Driven To Protect Public-Private Partnership

Driven to Protect Initiative

Published: September 30, 2018

This month, the Alcohol Detection System (ADS) took a giant step out of the lab and into the real world with the launch of the in-car testing in Virginia. In a news conference on September 10, Governor Northam of Virginia launched the Driven to Protect public-private partnership, which is the first between a state government and the DADSS Program.

Governor Northam Launches First Real-World Testing of Innovative, In-Car Alcohol Detection Technology to Save Lives

News Release

Published: September 10, 2018

RICHMOND—In a news conference held today, Governor Northam launched the Driven to Protect public-private partnership that is developing technology to eliminate drunk driving and save lives on Virginia roads. The partnership is the first between a state government and the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Program (DADSS) to deploy in-vehicle alcohol detection sensors (ADS), which will determine when a driver is impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

AV vs. DUI: Autonomous vehicles offer new promise for combating drunk driving, but they also raise new questions

City Journal Magazine

Published: September 01, 2018

Despite deaths from cell phones and other tech distractions, a huge percentage of the carnage on America’s roads is still due to drinking and driving. Out of the 37,461 people killed on the roads in 2016, 10,497 people—nearly 30 percent—died because they were, or someone else was, drunk. An innovative way is emerging to cut that death toll, and it highlights the burgeoning issues of regulating autonomous vehicle (AV) technology.

Driven To Protect highlights the leadership of the Virginia DMV

Driven to Protect Initiative

Published: August 23, 2018

The Driven To Protect Initiative, a partnership between the Virginia DMV and the DADSS Program, exhibited at the 2018 Annual International Conference of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). This event brings together administrators of motor vehicle and law enforcement agencies throughout North America – along with industry and federal partners – to share challenges and best practices in traffic safety, secure credentialing, and customer service.

Statement by Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Regarding the Acquisition of Senseair AB by Asahi Kasei Microdevices (AKM)

DADSS Research Program

Published: May 31, 2018

The following statement is attributable to Robert Strassburger, President & CEO of ACTS regarding the acquisition of Senseair AB by Asahi Kasei Microdevices (AKM):