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"I long ago realized that I could reach far more people by writing something, than by walking down the street with a banner."
- John Brunner

Alcohol-Sensing System  
  A vehicle subsystem that detected alcohol use in the driver, and then took control of the car away from the driver.  

It had been a bad night, and when he tried to drive home he had a terrible argument with his car.

"Mr. Garden, you are in no condition to drive. Please use the auto-auto mech and recline in the rear seat."

Pete Garden sat at the steering tiller and said as distinctly has he could manage, "Look, I can drive... Start, darn it!"

The auto-auto said "You have not inserted the key."

"Okay," he said, feeling humiliated. Maybe the car was right. Resignedly, he inserted the key. The engine started up but the controls were still dead. The Rushmore effect was still taking place inside the hood, he knew; it was a losing argument. "Alright, I'll let you drive," he said with as much dignity as possible..."

From The Game Players of Titan, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Books in 1963
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Compare to the vehicle sleep sensor from The Velvet Glove by Harry Harrison.

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  - Ford Smart Car Stops Your Texting
  - Active Wellness Smart Car Seat
  - Ignition Interlock Devices Stopped 1.7 Million Drunken Tries
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