The new Attention Assist system is comprised of 70 individual sensors which create a unique template of your driving style
Mercedes-Benz recently revealed their Attention Assist system, aimed at reducing the alarming figure that 25 to 33 per cent of vehicle collisions and traffic accidents are caused by driver fatigue. The new Attention Assist system is comprised of 70 individual sensors which create a unique template of your driving style from the moment you start driving. As you progress through your journey, your Mercedes will constantly measure your driving skills through the heart of the system, the steering wheel, contrasting the data it collects with its first impressions of your driving ability.
Tired drivers make dozens of tiny errors which they automatically correct – if the Attention Assist system suspects that you are beginning to do this, it will check to see if you’re OK to be driving by asking itself a series of questions: how long have you been behind the wheel; are you fiddling with the radio; are there pot-holes in the road; is a strong wind buffeting the car on one side? If your Mercedes is not satisfied with the answers to these questions it assumes that you’re nodding off, and fires off a loud beep to wake you up, flashing a picture of a cup of coffee at you from the dashboard.
Click4GAP, one of the UK’s largest providers of GAP insurance for cars, take a keen interest in on-board safety systems such as this. A spokesperson for the company commented on the Attention Assist system, saying “It’s fantastic that Mercedes-Benz continue to innovate and improve upon driver safety like this. Anything to make Britain’s roads safer is a deed worthy of being commended. However, it is important to remember that no matter how impressive the safety features are in your car, there’s no guarantee that any other driver on the road has an equivalent system in theirs.
“You’re just as likely to be involved in an accident caused by another fatigued driver as you were before. A Mercedes-Benz will very quickly depreciate in value from the moment you drive it off the forecourt, which is why a comprehensive gap insurance policy is necessary. If you are unlucky, your vehicle may be written off in an accident with another fatigued driver. But with gap insurance, you will be covered for the difference between your insurance pay out and the original market value of your Mercedes-Benz.”
Click4Gap is a UK based firm and online provider focused providing flexible insurance products to their consumers. As well as being FCA registered the company is also a member of the Financial Ombudsman service (FOS) and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).
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