Driverless car system can spot if owner is drunk, dozing off or texting and call police

A tech giant is working on a system that will be able to spot whether the owner is drunk — and report them to police. Huawei is designing a “self-learning” interior cabin that would stop people who are over the limit being able to set off in vehicles in which the driverless features can be disabled. Being drunk in charge of a vehicle — even if not driving — will still be an offence.

The car would then decide on a course of action, ranging from a verbal warning, to locking up the controls — and even calling police.

The system would kick in even if the driver had no intention of taking over the controls. It would also be able to pick up if they are drowsy, distracted, texting or experiencing road rage.