Nissan to test auto Breathalyzer

Kyodo News

Nissan Motor Co. said Monday it will join local authorities Aug. 1 in testing an onboard Breathalyzer designed to curb drunken driving.

The system, which measures alcohol in the breath, disables the ignition when the driver is deemed to have consumed more than a certain level of alcohol, the carmaker said.

The device will be installed in vehicles used by local government staff in Fukuoka, Tochigi and Kanagawa prefectures, according to Nissan.

The new Breathalyzer follows the June introduction of Nissan’s Carwings navigation system, which displays on startup a message reminding drivers of the dangers of drunken driving.

Using 1995 numbers as the base, the company targets halving the number of accidents involving Nissan cars that cause death or serious injury by 2015.