With the increasing number of car accidents, the demand for advanced safety features is increasing.
Currently, many innovative features have come up in the car industry to ensure both the driver and car safety. Technologies like airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic sensors, crash testing, adaptive headlights, tyre pressure monitoring, rearview camera, and adaptive cruise control have reduced the number of road accidents.
Inspite of so many futuristic technologies, everyday the top headlines of the newspaper dictates one or more number of fatalities due to car accidents. Why are the numbers not reduced? What’s the use of safety technologies if these are not successful in preventing accidents? Many similar questions are still unanswered.
Some say this is because of reckless driving but is that true? Nothing can be commented on reckless driving but what if the accident occurs due to fatigue and drowsiness. Some cases have been heard where the crashes occurs just because the driver is beset by fatigue or some kind of drowsiness. Some drivers, who feel that fatigue is setting in, stop their cars and others who don’t realize it drive on towards a crash. In such cases, what a driver should do?
Whether we may think over it or not but the German luxury car manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz has given a deep thought to it. To combat the issue of drowsiness while driving, Mercedes is working on the lifesaving technological feature, termed as Attention Assist. This innovative safety technology is a simple driver support system which will monitor the linear and lateral motion of the car with respect to the steering inputs and brake pressure.
Attention Assist will alert the driver at different levels of fatigue and drowsiness. In case of a risk, this feature will display a warning message, “Attention Assist. Break!” on the instrument panel. This message will be immediately followed by a warning sound that will compel the driver to stop the car and take a rest.
This innovative safety feature is on its way and is expected to enter the industry by 2009.