What is Mercedes-Benz ATTENTION ASSIST®?
Mercedes-Benz ATTENTION ASSIST® is an intelligent safety technology that alerts drivers when they show signs of drowsiness. This feature is standard on many Mercedes-Benz models, including the Mercedes-Benz CLA, E-Class, and GLA. Learn more about this advanced safety feature below!
What Does The Coffee Cup Mean On My Mercedes-Benz?
If you see a coffee cup symbol illuminated on your vehicle’s dashboard, that means that ATTENTION ASSIST® is turned on and ready to detect or actively check for fatigued driving behaviors.
How Does My Mercedes-Benz Detect Drowsiness with ATTENTION ASSIST®?
Improvements in comfort make even long journeys in a Mercedes[-Benz] a pleasure. During long journeys, however, it’s possible that a driver’s attention level will fall. Many serious accidents are caused by drivers getting drowsy behind the wheel. To help recognize the signs of driver drowsiness at a very early stage, Mercedes-Benz has developed ATTENTION ASSIST®. If the system detects these typical signs [such as incorrect steering or veering out of a detected lane], the driver will be urged to take a rest.
During the first few minutes of driving, ATTENTION ASSIST® draws up an individual profile of the driver’s driving style, which is then constantly compared with the latest feedback from the sensors. At the heart of the system is a highly sensitive sensor that records steering movements and steering speed. Studies by Mercedes-Benz have revealed that drivers who are tired change their steering behavior and make minor steering errors which they then usually correct immediately.
If the system detects this sort of changed behavior, it will go on to check further relevant parameters in order to verify the result. For example, how long has the driver been at the wheel? Is the driver using the instruments and thus showing signs of activity? Are there external influences at work, such as side wind or an uneven road surface? If the result is unequivocal, ATTENTION ASSIST® will issue the audible and visible prompt, “Time for a break.” In some models you can also display your detected attention level in the instrument cluster, see how long you’ve been driving, or even get directions from the navigation system to the nearest rest area. ATTENTION ASSIST® from Mercedes-Benz helps prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue.
Learn More About Mercedes-Benz Car Safety From Mercedes-Benz of Temecula
Contact us to learn more about ATTENTION ASSIST® or other Mercedes-Benz safety technologies, such as Car-to-X Communication and DISTRONIC PLUS®! You can also visit our dealership to browse our inventory of new Mercedes-Benz vehicles and get a demonstration of these safety features.