Ford Drugged Driving Suit 02

Ford has created a suit that simulates the effects of driving under the influence of illicit drugs.

Developed together with scientists from the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany, the “Drugged Driving Suit” was designed to mimic some of the effects of drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, as well as MDMA (also known as ecstasy); including slower reaction time, distorted vision, hand tremors and poor coordination.

The suit also simulates the effects of reduced mobility, vision and coordination through the use of padding and ankle weights, goggles and headphones.

Ford Drugged Driving Suit

Gundolf Meyer-Hentschel, CEO of the Meyer-Hentschel Institute said: “We know that some drugs can cause trembling hands, so we incorporated a device into the suit that creates just such a tremor. Drug users sometimes see flashing lights in their peripheral field, an effect recreated by our goggles, while imaginary sounds are generated by the headphones. Additionally, the goggles distort perception, and produce colourful visual sensations – a side effect of LSD use.”

Like the “Drunk Driving Suit” introduced last year, the Drugged Driving Suit will be incorporated into Ford Driving Skills for Life, which is a young driver program that has provided training to more than 500,000 people around the world through hands-on and online tuition since its introduction 11 years ago.

Recent studies show that drugged driving is on the rise in the US. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that about 18 percent of all motor vehicle driver deaths involve drugs other than alcohol, such as marijuana and cocaine. A NHTSA roadside survey also found that 22 percent of drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

In addition, the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health claims around 9.9 million people 12 and older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs. A meta-analysis of multiple studies from the National Institute of Health has shown that marijuana doubles the risk of being involved in an accident.

 

 



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