Mercedes: We Haff Vays Uf Keeping You Avake!

mercedes we haff vays uf keeping you avake

Driver fatigue causes an estimated 24 to 33 percent of European automotive accidents. Automobilwoche reports that Daimler's Mercedes is developing an electronic Nanny that monitors driver fatigue and then tries to wake up the pilot before he crashes. It's hardly a new concept; Citroen already offers a weird (but effective) system that shakes your buttocks when you switch lanes without indicating (no, we are not joking). In the great tradition of German over-engineering, Mercedes system monitors steering input– those "typical, hardly noticeable movements that tired drivers make on a constant basis"– then compares this data to daytime and drive distance information, considering external factors such as side wind and road undulations. If the computer thinks the driver's suffering from fatigue, it sounds an alarm. (Automatic crash avoidance is inevitable.) The anti-fatigue system is set for a 2009 debut; we suggest that the PR folk deactivate it during the press launch.

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  • Crc Crc on Dec 18, 2007

    Hopefully it will come with a snooze bar. Then I could get back to sleep until the next imminent crash.

  • Stephan Wilkinson Stephan Wilkinson on Dec 18, 2007

    This might be more amusing if my ambulance corps hadn't responded to a fell-asleep accident last week, at 0430, that killed a 20-year-old woman. Not a pretty sight.

  • Dean Dean on Dec 18, 2007

    But can it make you pull over and grab some sleep?

  • Nick Nick on Dec 18, 2007
    Citroen already offers a weird (but effective) system that shakes your buttocks when you switch lanes without indicating (no, we are not joking). If all the cars in Toronto had systems like that there'd be a lot fewer accidents or a lot less cellulite. Bring it on.

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