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Americans hit the brakes on driving in July, logging 2.5 percent fewer miles
amid high gas prices and a struggling economy. Through the first seven months of
the year, Americans have driven 1.715 trillion miles ? the lowest tally since
2003 ... Overall, driving has fallen 1.2 percent this year or 21.5 billion
miles. As Americans drive less, they may be more likely to hold onto older
vehicles. But the trend may change as gas prices have dropped sharply in recent
weeks, and are below $3 a gallon in some retail locations ...
Source: The Detroit News
Auburn Hills, [Mich.]-based auto supplier Takata is working on a device that
checks a driver's blood-alcohol level through the skin. Takata and its partner,
TruTouch in Albuquerque, N.M., have received a $2.25-million grant from the
Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), an industry group, to make the
device commercially viable. The team is working to make its current
breadbox-sized device that uses an infrared sensor to determine alcohol level
small enough, cheap enough and unobtrusive enough to be put on the car's start
button, said Kirk Morris, Takata's vice president of business development.
Takata is aiming to get the cost down to approximately $200 each.
Source: Detroit Free Press