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Welcome to the Discovery Hub:

The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS)™ Program is developing a first–of–its–kind, vehicle–integrated, alcohol detection technology that can passively detect when a driver is impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above the legal limit of 0.08% and prevent the car from moving.  Once DADSS technology has met rigorous performance standards, it will be voluntarily offered to vehicle owners as a safety option, similar to other driver assist systems like automatic emergency braking or lane departure warning.

 

The DADSS Program brings together the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), a Virginia nonprofit, which represents the world’s leading automakers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicle’s Highway Safety Office in one of the most important government and private sector partnerships in recent years.  Public–private partnerships like DADSS have led to innovations that enhance our everyday lives, such as the internet, GPS and the microchip.

 

The DADSS Driven To Protect™ Discovery Hub is designed to allow you to learn about the dangers of driving after drinking alcohol and the innovative technology that Virginia is helping to develop to combat alcohol–impaired driving that can help you to avoid these dangers.  Here at the Discovery Hub, you will find educational modules to help you learn about how alcohol travels through the body, how alcohol impairs your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, obtain actionable information to help you avoid the dangers associated with drunk driving, and learn how novel technologies, such as DADSS technologies that are currently under development and testing, can help you and other motorists on the road in the future.

DADSS and the STEM Partnership:

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