AWARD YEAR
2021
CATEGORY
Community
GOALS
Good Health & Well-being, Sustainable Cities & Communities
KEYWORDS
safe driving, driving accident, Car Equipment, Car Accident
COUNTRY
United Kingdom
DESIGNED BY
Jake O'Sullivan
WEBSITE
https://wearemadeinbrunel.com/alcotect
Alcotect
Vehicle key preventing drunk driving, keyless car thefts and uninsured driving
The main aim of the project was to reduce the number of drinking-related incidents on the road in a way that would also prevent car thefts and uninsured drivers. A change in EU legislation means all cars must be fitted with a breathalyser by 2022, as this year saw a 7% rise on alcohol-related road accidents: the highest level since 2012. Alcotect uses Biometric and Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) verification before allowing the user to enter their car through the use of a lip print scanner and alcohol sensor, preventing drivers from accessing the vehicle without the registered biometrics and a legal BAC reading. The key can be personalised to users’ preferences through the selection of coloured inserts and options for the lock state progress displayed on the LCD.