Mega Carrier To Test ‘Groundbreaking’ In-Vehicle Alcohol Detection Tech
Green Bay, WI — One of trucking’s largest fleets is set to become the first truckload carrier to test in-vehicle alcohol detection technology.
As part of a new partnership with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), Schneider National has agreed to test alcohol detection technology developed through the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Program.
Beginning in 2022, the mega carrier will equip eight of its trucks with the latest breath sensors designed to determine if a driver is impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above the legal limit.
If the technology determines the driver is above the legal limit, the vehicle will not move.
During the pilot program, Schneider plans to log more than 100,000 sensor miles for each vehicle.
“This pilot will help refine the technology by increasing the stress that the system is put under on the road, exponentially increasing the number of miles driven and exposing the system to new drivers and a wider range of environmental conditions — all key to the DADSS Program’s quest to commercialize fully passive vehicle-integrated breath technology,” a DADSS announcement said.
Tom DiSalvi, Schneider’s vice president of safety, called the technology “groundbreaking.”
“We know our team of professional drivers will embrace this technology because, just as with previous safety enhancements, they will be part of a solution that will make our highways safer,” he commented.
The DADSS technology has been in testing in passenger vehicles since 2018.
According to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), if widely deployed in all vehicles, alcohol detection systems could save more than 9,000 lives on U.S. roadways each year.
WATCH the roughly 4-minute video below to learn more about how the system works.