Advancing Road Safety – The State of Alcohol Intoxication Research

Every year 1.3 million people around the world die in road crashes according to the World Health Organization. More than 20% of these fatalities are estimated to be alcohol-related – a global problem that demands comprehensive solutions.


Driven by technical enhancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and global regulatory  efforts Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS) are fast becoming the leading human-centered automotive safety system in the world. Initially focused on detecting distracted and drowsy driving, the foundations of these systems may offer keys to detecting and mitigating impairment due to alcohol use.


Today the prevalent measure to determine alcohol intoxication – Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) – is a standard that was developed decades ago. Critical research is being conducted by government bodies, the automotive industry, technology companies and academia to determine more effective approaches.  This event will explore the state of alcohol intoxication research and opportunities to leverage evolving DMS technology to enhance road safety

What is the state of the art in impairment detection? Can we do more to mitigate harm with advanced technologies that exist today? What are the technological, societal and political challenges that will need to be overcome? When we will get there?


Other topics that will be discussed:

  • Why are car manufacturers hesitant to deploy advanced technologies to detect alcohol intoxication?
  • Where is intoxication research focused today?
  • What new sensors and technologies look most promising?
  • Is it feasible to detect intoxication with in-cabin cameras and AI-based algorithms?
  • How should the industry collect drunk driving data to fuel machine learning?
  • Are there other impairments that can be detected through synergistic approaches?
  • What limits are there to the implementation of life saving technology?
Moderator - Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, Deputy CEO Smart Eye, formerly founder and CEO of Affectiva
Panelist - Dr. Rikard Fredriksson, Senior Advisor - Trafikverket / Swedish Transport Administration
Panelist - Dr. Bryan Reimer, Director of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Consortium - MIT