Pepijn van Rutten (VU): Respira

Pepijn van Rutten and Edcel Salumbides (VU): Respira: a laughing gas breath sensor to reduce accidents on the road

Traffic accidents caused by driving under the influence of laughing gas have increased more than ten-fold in the past few years. This leads to more than 100 severe injuries and sadly, more than 20 deaths in the Netherlands every year. Respira is being developed as the world’s first breath sensor for laughing gas detection. The sensor is based on extremely sensitive and specific spectroscopic techniques developed at VU Laser Lab, Amsterdam. From discussions with the police, a strong preventative effect is expected when drivers know they can get caught on laughing gas abuse. The objective is to prevent many accidents and to create safer roads for everyone.

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