Biodit Global Technology wins funding for Horizon 2020 for a revolutionary device against driving drunk
Biodit Global Technology is the first Bulgarian company to receive funding for its own project of the EU 2020 Horizon Innovation and Science Program in the Transport sector. The manufacturer of biometric security solutions received one of the highest ratings with its idea of the PREVENT device, which prevents a drunk driver from starting a vehicle.
“We are delighted that our innovative invention has received European evaluation and funding, which is a great recognition for the team working on the project, and around 25% of all road deaths in Europe are related to alcohol consumption. Therefore, we at Biodit strive to provide an adequate solution to the problem of alcohol consumption and driving through the development and deployment of innovative engine locking device in the presence of alcohol in the driver, “said the executive director of Global Technology Biodit Julian Sofroniev. The system integrates two innovative technologies that have never been applied in a single device to this date – a non-invasive test to detect alcohol in the driver’s blood and biometric identification. The device is safe, hygienic and precise. It is compatible with all makes and models of existing vehicles and has an additional level of security to avoid tampering attempts.
The statistics in Europe are more than worrisome: in 2014 alone, 25,700 people have not returned to their homes and more than 200,000 people have been seriously injured in traffic accidents due to driving while intoxicated. The introduction of PREVENT in the mass market will be a turning point for the automobile industry in the fight to save lives by preventing driving after alcohol.
Currently, Biodit Global Technology is in Phase 1, during which the company will outline the strategy for the development and commercialization of the product.