Rental car companies could pave the way for alcohol ignition interlocks becoming a new safety standard in all vehicles sold on the US market, asserts Mahendra Naidoo, a fellow at the National Cancer Institute.
By adopting the technology in particular fleets of cars, Europeans have fostered consumer acceptance of the devices—a key step to scaling up the safety measure, Naidoo explains. Sweden and Finland, for example, have implemented it in both government and non-government services.
Although the technology isn’t perfect, “neither were the seat belt or the airbag initially,” Naidoo says. “Yet these safety features are now accepted as standard across the automobile industry.”
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