Ford is demonstrating the dangers of driving while under the influence of illegal street drugs with its Drugged Driving Suit, which simulates impairments caused by the use of cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and MDMA (Ecstasy).
The suit simulates how slower reaction time, distorted vision, hand tremors, and poor coordination could cause a deadly crash. The automaker developed the suit with the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany as a demonstration device for younger drivers.
Approximately 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths involve drugs other than alcohol, such as marijuana and cocaine, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The suit includes vision impairment glasses that produce blurred vision and flashing lights, headphones that play distracting background sounds, neck, elbow, and knee bandages to slow movement, a wrist weight to slow reaction time and affect balance, a tremor generator that makes hands shake, and and ankle weight.