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Alcohol ignition lock system

To develop an alcohol ignition lock using advanced sensor technology and unique features suitable for commercial vehicles at a highly competitive price level.

The aim of the project is to develop an alcohol ignition lock using advanced sensor technology and unique features suitable for commercial vehicles at a highly competitive price level for the European market. An alcohol ignition lock (ALCOLOCK) is a device used to prevent a driver from being able to start a vehicle if his/her blood alcohol level is above the legal limit on the specific market. The ALCOLOCK interacts with the ignition system of the vehicle and consists of two parts, one handset used to take and analyze a breath alcohol sample, and one central unit connected to the ignition system. The project consists of 2 parts: - The development of the sensor technology, which will be carried out in GERMANY. - The development of the software and hardware for the two parts of the ALCOLOCK, which will be carried out in SWEDEN. The development of the sensor technology will be focused on - High reliability; - Cost effectiveness; - Meeting the ambient conditions described in the new European standard (prEN 50436-1); - Compact and production friendly design of sensor and sampling system; - Low power consumption optimised for handheld application; - User friendliness and easy maintenance features; - High precision measurement and long-term stability. The development of the software and hardware for the handset will be focused on: - User friendliness and state of the art MMI (Man Machine Interface) - Compact size and lightweight; - Robust design; - Safe communication with central unit; - Fail safe power management. The development of the software and hardware for the central unit will be focused on: - Safe communication with handset and vehicle ignition system. - Additional features suitable for commercial vehicles. - Safe interaction with the electronic system of the vehicle. - Meeting all requirements from the automotive industry. - Easy to install in the vehicle. - Maintenance free. - Smart emergency bypass function and tamper control. The ALCOLOCK developed in this project will be a unique product on the European market considering price level, functionality, user friendliness and safe operation. The reason why the three parties have decided to start the project is that the products we see on the market today are primarily designed for the offender programmes and do not meet the requirements of commercial users. The products are extremely expensive in terms of the functionality and user friendliness, and we believe that a product designed for the transport quality market segment should include other features that add value for the commercial user. The advantage of the partnership is in the sharing of different experiences that the parties have following many years in the respective sensor technology business and automotive business as further described later in this application. Keywords: alcohol, ignition, interlock.
Acronym: 
ALCOLOCK
Project ID: 
3 672
Start date: 
01-11-2005
Project Duration: 
38months
Project costs: 
460 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Sensor Technology related to measurements
Market Area: 
Motor Vehicles, Transportation Equipment and Parts

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