News & Updates

Statement by Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Research Program on 2018 Virginia Crash Statistics

DADSS Research Program

Published: April 17, 2019

Last week, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) Highway Safety Office published its 2018 crash statistics. The newly-released data shows a decrease in the number of overall crash fatalities but a 12 percent increase in alcohol-related fatalities—from 248 in 2017 to 278 in 2018. Robert Strassburger, President & CEO of ACTS, responded to the news on behalf of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Research Program.

Coming soon: If you’re not sober, you won’t be able to start the car

Washington Post

Published: April 08, 2019

Since 2008, a government-funded research and development program has been designing a universal ignition interlock for all vehicles to prevent drunken driving. The built-in device would measure a driver’s blood alcohol level (BAC) to determine whether the person can legally operate a motor vehicle. If not, it would effectively take away the keys by preventing the vehicle from starting.

DADSS at 2019 Lifesavers Conference

DADSS Research Program

Published: April 03, 2019

The DADSS Program was pleased to be a part of the 2019 Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities in Louisville, Kentucky. We presented on the panel “Addressing Impaired Driving with Autonomous Vehicles & Other New In-vehicle Technologies,” sharing the lifesaving mission that drives the public-private partnership, the challenges faced with developing a breakthrough technology, the progress made to date, and the role of the DADSS technology in an autonomous future.

DADSS Testifies Before House Subcommittee

DADSS Research Program

Published: March 14, 2019

On March 14, Rob Strassburger, President and CEO of the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), testified before the House Energy and Commerce’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee on “Enhancing Vehicle Technology to Prevent Drunk Driving.”

DADSS Research Program Technical Update

DADSS Research Program

Published: March 01, 2019

Over the past months, The DADSS Research Program and our partners at Senseair™ have been collecting data from in-vehicle tests (featuring Generation 3.1 Breath-based Sensors) through the program’s Pilot Field Operational Trial and Driven to Protect Partnership with Virginia DMV and James River Transportation. We have used the data from these on-road tests to significantly improve the alcohol measurement for the next generation sensor, GEN 3.2.