I read with amazement about Saab's venture into tying alcohol impairment with vehicle operation. I can hardly imagine a company voluntarily plunging into such a can of worms.
The legal, regulatory, technical and potential customer satisfaction problems with that are far too complex and lengthy to outline in a letter. But for openers, semiconductor sensors for alcohol are seriously flawed, and that cheap technology is not used in alcohol testing for evidential purposes.
Devices using that technology are available on the Internet for as little as $10, and in the alcohol testing industry, they are generally considered novelty toys.
Semiconductor sensors are not particularly accurate and are not alcohol specific, so they may respond positively to other substances that may occur naturally in the body in some individuals. Periodic field calibration concerns must be dealt with.
Finally, testing for breath alcohol is not necessarily that simple; people who do that as a profession undergo extensive training and certification to assure the validity of the tests.
Is anyone at an oversight level at Saab or General Motors monitoring those kinds of initiatives?
If they were, that kind of misguided effort would have never seen the light of day, in my opinion.
Alcokey won't sell one more Saab, but it will create huge cost and headaches for the company.