What is Mercedes-Benz ATTENTION ASSIST®?

December 6th, 2018 by


If you’re going on a long road trip, Mercedes-Benz ATTENTION ASSIST® can be extremely helpful. Standard on a wide selection of Mercedes-Benz models, including the CLA and E-Class, ATTENTION ASSIST® is a unique safety feature that detects signs of drowsiness by monitoring driver behavior. So, next time you wonder, “What does the coffee cup mean on my Mercedes-Benz dashboard?” you’ll know it’s ATTENTION ASSIST® working to make your driving experience safer. Learn more about this sophisticated Mercedes-Benz car safety feature with Fletcher Jones Imports.

How Does My Mercedes-Benz Detect Drowsiness with ATTENTION ASSIST®?

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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 ATTENTION ASSIST® at Fletcher Jones Imports

Want to learn more about Mercedes-Benz technologies like ATTENTION ASSIST®, PRESAFE®, mbrace®, and MBUXContact us at Fletcher Jones Imports or visit us near Pahrump and Summerlin. One of our team members would be happy to provide an in-person tutorial of the many cutting-edge features Mercedes-Benz has to offer!

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