NHTSA: Auto Technology Targets Drunk Driving August, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged the auto industry to continue supporting research on technology advances that could end most drunken driving.
NHTSA Chief David Strickland wrote the CEOs of major automakers on Aug. 8 telling them that the research backed by automakers and the federal government to develop an in-vehicle system that could prevent drunken drivers from starting a car shows great promise. He thanked those who are helping fund the project -- including Detroit’s Big Three automakers -- and urged them to keep supporting the project and asked others to join the effort.
The group is working with two auto suppliers with different approaches that “are shown to be very, very effective,” Strickland said at a speech last week. “We probably have another five years of work to go,” Strickland said, before it’s possible one of these cars could be on the roads. “It will be available as an option by manufacturers, and I think it’s a real way forward.”
The research has been ongoing since 2008. Congress approved $5.3 million for this budget year for alcohol detection research; Congress has authorized slightly more for the budget year that starts Oct. 1.
“A tangible result of that work will be demonstrated later this year, when a research vehicle including both touch-based and breath-based detection technologies is available for further evaluation,” he wrote. “I have referred to it as a ‘moonshot’ for traffic safety with initially long odds but the potential for dramatically powerful results if we are successful.”
Strickland noted that about 10,000 people are killed each year as a result of drunken driving; tens of thousands more are injured.
The industry is helping to fund the project through the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety. NHTSA staff and the group are currently working on a new agreement for the next phase.
Safety advocates praise the project. “The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety technology has the potential to eliminate drunk driving in America,” said MADD National President Jan Withers
TruTouch announces International distribution agreements
Framingham, MA May 21st, 2013 -- TruTouch Technologies, Inc. today announced that they have signed several international distribution agreements to market TruTouch’s rapid optical alcohol detection and biometric. Specifically – the following distributors in their respective countries are now commercializing the TruTouch solution; Asist Ic ve Dis Ticaret A.S (Turkey), Business Incubation (Scandinavia and Middle East), B.S.N. Srl (Italy). CMM Tech (Australia), Drug Detection International (South Africa), Global Safety Group (Kazakhstan), Nal Von Minden (Germany), Now Group (UK, Ireland, Benelux), SIMS-2 (Russia) and TD Norte (Mexico).
Feb 28, 2013
Psychemedics and TruTouch announce distribution agreement
Acton & Framingham, MA February 28, 2013 -- Psychemedics Corporation, (NASDAQ: PMD) and TruTouch Technologies, Inc. today announced that they have signed an agreement to market TruTouch’s rapid optical alcohol detection and biometric test in the US. The workplace sobriety assurance solution utilizes an optical based, non-invasive near infra red sensor that quickly and accurately measures alcohol consumption. This is simply done by placing the index finger on the optical sensor and waiting as few as 10 seconds for the initial results.
2012 Nov 29
TruTouch Technologies to Exhibit at OSHA Oil & Gas Safety Conference in Dallas
TruTouch Technologies, a pioneer in non-invasive workplace sobriety assurance systems, will be at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Oil & Gas Safety Conference in Dallas, Texas. The conference, which takes place December 4 and 5 at the Sheraton Hotel, brings together key oil and gas safety professionals and regulatory representatives. At the conference, TruTouch will be demonstrating the TruTouch 2500, a safe and non-invasive optical sensor that quickly and accurately measures alcohol intoxication while simultaneously verifying user identity.
2012 Oct 30
TruTouch Technologies Plans Move to Bay State
TruTouch Technologies, a privately held company located in Albuquerque, New Mexico plans to move its headquarters to Framingham, Mass., the company told Mass High Tech.
2012 Oct 15
TruTouch Technologies Signs Clinical Trial with Lovelace
TruTouch Technologies, a pioneer in non-invasive alcohol intoxication and biometric measurement systems, today announced that it has signed a Clinical Trial agreement for the next generation of the Company's alcohol screening device with Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI) and Lovelace Scientific Resources (LSR) , an Albuquerque, NM-based, FDA-approved contract research organization.
2012 Oct 1
TruTouch Technologies Announces Next-Generation Alcohol Intoxication Detection System
TruTouch Technologies, a pioneer in non-invasive workplace sobriety assurance systems, unveiled the latest technology to detect and deter alcohol abuse in the workplace. The device, called TruTouch 2500, will be unveiled this month at the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association’s (SAPAA) Annual Conference in San Diego, Calif. The TruTouch 2500 is a non-invasive sensor that quickly and accurately measures alcohol intoxication, and also has the option to simultaneously verify user identity using light through the skin.
2012 June 12th
TruTouch Technologies Signs Manufacturing Agreement with Vergent Products for Touch-Based Intoxication Detection Device
TruTouch Technologies announces a signed manufacturing agreement for the next generation of the Company's touch-based intoxication detection device with Vergent Products, a Colorado-based, QSR/cGMP compliant contract manufacturing firm.
2012 May 8th
TruTouch Technologies Names David Desrochers as Chief Financial Officer
TruTouch Technologies, a pioneer in non-invasive alcohol intoxication and biometric measurement systems, recently named David Desrochers as the Chief Financial Officer.
2012 February 7th
TruTouch Technologies Closes $3M B Round Financing with the iTulip Community as Lead
Pioneer in non-invasive biometric intoxication detection systems secures Financing that enables contract manufacturing & sales & marketing of its alcohol intoxication & biometric devices to build revenues.
2012 January 3rd
TruTouch Technologies US Patent Issues
Pioneer in non-invasive biometric intoxication detection systems secures US Patent that protects the use of its novel spectroscopy-based alcohol detection technology in automobiles and heavy machinery
2011 December 20th
TruTouch Technologies Commercializes Automotive Solution
Pioneer in non-invasive biometric intoxication detection systems secures deals that enable the commercial development of its novel spectroscopy-based alcohol detection technology in automobiles
2011 April 26th
TruTouch Technologies Names Oscar Lazaro as Senior Vice President of Sales and Strategic Partnering
TruTouch names veteran life sciences executive to top posts as it embarks on revenue drive.
2011 January 25th
TruTouch Technologies Publishes Successful Development Milestone in the Journal of Biomedical Optics
TruTouch presents peer reviewed clinical results of their new finger-based alcohol measurement system.
2010 January 20th
TruTouch Technologies Announces Successful Clinical Testing of Next-Generation Finger-Touch Intoxication Detection System
TruTouch tests newest product in collaboration with Lovelace Scientific Resources.
2009 September 29th
TruTouch Technologies Names Dr. Richard D. Gill as President and Chief Executive Officer
TruTouch names veteran life sciences executive to top posts as it embarks on funding drive.
2009 August 19th
Star Wars meets Drunk Driving
TruTouch's technology was recognized at the latest Traffic Safety Summit as a leading contender in the quest for a system capable of eliminating drunk driving.
TIME Magizine article: Best Inventions of the Year
Identifying drunk drivers could get a lot quicker and easier after a new infrared alcohol test--developed by an Albuquerque, N.M., start-up--is launched next year.