On the Volvo S80 is a new safety feature that I have never seen before, but Iâ€™m guessing it is probably needed. Attention Assist has an interesting feature that can detect whether the driver is nodding off, which is a cause of many an accident.
The Mercedes-Benz S500 as well as the new E-class of the model have this Attention Assist safety feature, which uses seventy parameters that signal to the car that the driver is drifting into slumberland. Granted, I have no idea why seventy is needed, because I believe that the only possible indicator would be on the steering wheel.
In fact, how can a car tell when you are nodding off? Maybe they have a â€œpower nodâ€ detector that I donâ€™t know about. If youâ€™re not familiar with the â€œpower nodâ€, just think back to college when that boring professor put you to sleep, but you tried to stop yourself. The end result was classmates in the back shouting â€œwhiplashâ€!
If the car does detect your drowsiness, the indicator light will come out. Oddly enough, a picture of a cup of coffee appears on the dash. So what is this, some sort of signal that you need caffeine? If so, I would prefer having a Mountain Dew can in there in lieu of the coffee cup. Iâ€™m not a big coffee achiever guy.
Now, if the car has a GPS, it could give the driver directions to the next coffee shop. For me, there would have to be some compass pointing to the nearest Mountain Dew machine.