Apparatus, system, and method for detecting the presence of an intoxicated driver and controlling the operation of a vehicle

  • US 8,686,864 B2
  • Filed: 08/01/2011
  • Issued: 04/01/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/18/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus for controlling vehicle operation based on a driver'"'"'s blood alcohol content comprising:

  • a detector module comprising a sensor configured to produce an electrical signal representative of a blood alcohol content of the driver, wherein the electrical signal is generated by measuring an alcohol content of air within a predetermined vehicle zone defined as a three-dimensional zone substantially in or in proximity of a driver seat side of a vehicle, wherein the detector module measures the alcohol content of the air independent of the driver'"'"'s interaction with the detector module; and

    a control module electrically coupled to the detector module, the control module to control at least one vehicle operation in response to the electrical signal received by the control module from the sensor.

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