Ford's Drug Driving suit forces you to feel high behind the wheel

Can a robotic suit stop young people from getting behind the wheel after taking drugs?

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Ford has introduced a robotic suit for learner drivers to demonstrate how taking drugs and getting behind the wheel feels -- and how accidents are bound to happen.

The automaker has already developed a suit which makes you feel like you've had a few too many beers when driving in order to show you how poorly you react to scenarios on the road when under the influence -- as well as revealed the results of a shocking survey which suggests one in four drivers think it's a good idea to take selfies behind the wheel.

We might not care too much about our own personal safety when drinking, taking drugs or messing about on our phones when driving -- but the problem is that our mistakes can end up being fatal to other, innocent parties.

Drunk and high drivers are 30 times more likely to become involved in a catastrophic crash behind the wheel, according to the automaker. Despite common sense dictating being anywhere near these drivers is a bad idea, one in 10 people are still happy to accept lifts from those they think are on drugs.

In order to combat these risk behaviours, Ford has adapted its drink driving suit to show new drivers how getting behind the wheel in such a state can destroy not only their lives but the lives of others through accidents.

The "Drug Driving suit," developed in tandem with the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany, is designed to simulate the effects of cannabis, cocaine, heroin and MDMA. Equipped with padded weights, googles, headphones and lighting systems, the suit forces the drivers to endure slower reaction times, distorted vision, hand tremors and poor coordination.

"We know that some drugs can cause trembling hands, so we incorporated into the suit a device that creates just such a tremor," said Gundolf Meyer-Hentschel, CEO of the Meyer-Hentschel Institute.

"Drug users sometimes see flashing lights in their peripheral field, an effect recreated by our goggles, while imaginary sounds are generated by the headphones. Additionally, the goggles distort perception, and produce colourful visual sensations -- a side effect of LSD use."

The Drug Driving suit has been incorporated into Ford's Driving Skills for Life program, which teaches young learners driving skills worldwide.

Check out the results of the suit in the video below:

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