Mercedes-Benz Rolls Out Attention Assist for Drowsy Drivers
STUTTGART, GERMANY – Mercedes-Benz will roll out its new Attention Assist, which warns driversthat 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 togenerate “an individual driver profile,” thus enabling it to almost immediatelyrecognize the driver’s shift from alertness to drowsiness. The system compilesdata on driving patterns the moment drivers slide behind the wheel, and it canadjust to a variety of drivers almost instantly.
If the vehicle recognizes that the driver is slipping towardwhat the German automaker calls the “dangerous one-second nap,” it sounds anacoustic signal and lights up a display in the instrument panel. The systemliterally tells the driver, “Attention Assist. Brake!”
Mercedes-Benz said the system not only takes into accountvehicle speed and linear/lateral acceleration, it also tracks steering wheelmovements, indicator and pedal operation and uneven road surfaces.
There is no word yet on how much the system will add to theprice of a new vehicle.