Mercedes-Benz Rolls Out Attention Assist for Drowsy Drivers
STUTTGART, GERMANY – Mercedes-Benz will roll out its new Attention Assist, which warns drivers
that they are getting drowsy, on vehicles in spring 2009, according to www.edmunds.com.
Mercedes-Benz said that the system, using sensors and computer data, is able to
generate “an individual driver profile,” thus enabling it to almost immediately
recognize the driver’s shift from alertness to drowsiness. The system compiles
data on driving patterns the moment drivers slide behind the wheel, and it can
adjust to a variety of drivers almost instantly.
If the vehicle recognizes that the driver is slipping toward
what the German automaker calls the “dangerous one-second nap,” it sounds an
acoustic signal and lights up a display in the instrument panel. The system
literally tells the driver, “Attention Assist. Brake!”
Mercedes-Benz said the system not only takes into account
vehicle speed and linear/lateral acceleration, it also tracks steering wheel
movements, indicator and pedal operation and uneven road surfaces.
There is no word yet on how much the system will add to the
price of a new vehicle.