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Rwandan Student Creates Technology to Detect Drunk Drivers

by Williams Buningwire
5:21 pm

New technology to detect drunk Driving

A Rwandan student has invented a technology that will make it impossible for anyone who has consumed alcohol to sit behind the wheels and drive.

Fiston Rutikanga made a software that detects drivers who have taken alcohol and disables the car engine.

“If a driver attempts to start the engine while under influence of alcohol, the car will stop,” said Rutikanga.

“Similarly, if a driver starts drinking while behind the wheels, the car will stop.”

A graduate from Institute of Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC) Kigali is exhibiting his technology at Gikondo expo ground where a 3 day exhibition of the Kicukiro Private Sector was concluded on Monday.

According to Rutikanga, the new technology took him one year to conduct research and setting it up. He also tested the technology for another year.

“The occurrence of accidents in Rwanda inspired me to try and find a solution to accidents, and when I tried, it worked after several attempts,” Rutikanga said.

Latest figures from traffic police indicate that From August-October last year , 162 people were killed in road accidents and Drunk driving being among the causes.

The gadget when driver is alcohol-free

Meanwhile two other technologies from IPRC expected include; an automatic door opening – a swipe card and a ‘Smart Milk Machine’Kozaho Ushire Inyota’.

The machine was built by Olivier Mugiraneza 22 in 2016, then a third year student.

In a previous interview, IPRC officials told KT Press that the technical school supports students through the process of producing new technology and registering it to find business partners . 


kalisa February 27, 2018 - 4:17 pm

something is wrong on what people are doing. people should be spending much time in creating simple tool like artisan product that could help the farmer to produces easy. but now they just buying circuit sensor and assembling them to create unproductive products that could not help mass people to develop.
this is not invention this is waste of time on money.I am not discouraging yo guys,I want you just to be Rwanda citizens needs focus
I know some people are trying to create some mechanic in Gacuriro. that is good , other should also follow.

Hosbkrn November 3, 2018 - 12:15 pm

Poor African mentality. Any innovation should be accepted.Thats why China is soon overtaking America

KIBAYA, ABDUL March 2, 2018 - 9:22 am

Not everybody has to take time and focus to farms only, when your’re full after eating you’ll need to move from one place to another where an accident might want to talk to you,,,,One journey always will initiate the other so calm down and everybody has an area of specialization and interest.

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