Automotive electronics distributor Directed, a division of DEI Holdings, announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Alcohol Detection Systems (ADS), a provider of breathalyzer-based ignition interlock devices (IIDs). ADS’s line of Determinator IIDs will be maintained by Directed moving forward, the company said in a statement announcing the acquisition.
Directed explained that evolving state regulations that have required IID devices in DUI and DWI remediation programs have helped to propel the growth of the IID market. The impact has been felt much wider than the IID industry itself though, as the devices have had a positive effect on reducing the incidences of drunk driving.
“Ignition interlock devices really do save lives, and the growth of the IID market has been driven by the major benefit they provide to society,” Directed CEO Bob Struble said in the statement. “Directed and ADS share core technology, and we are confident that by bringing our leading product design, technical service, and distribution capabilities to the IID market, we will rapidly expand ADS’s business. IIDs are primarily installed by mobile electronics retailers and auto service shops, and we are excited to bring this new business opportunity to our longstanding partners.”