Starting in the Spring of 2009, Mercedes will introduce its latest technology: the innovative driver support system Attention Assist, created to detect and warn of driver fatigue.

Starting in the Spring of 2009, Mercedes will introduce its latest technology: the innovative driver support system Attention Assist, created to detect and warn of driver fatigue.

According to figures, more accidents are caused on motorways (highways) due to over-tiredness than under the influence of alcohol, putting into perspective how important this new system could prove to be.

It works by monitoring the driving style and conditions, the steering characteristics are highlighted as the most important, it monitors the personal driving style and steering behaviour of the driver and uses these to also detect the traffic situation based on the longitudinal and lateral acceleration. Additional factors also taken into account are the road condition, driving conditions (weather) and the time of day.

There is no official confirmation which model the new system will debut in, but we can be sure the system will make it to the all new Mercedes E-Class due for release next year.

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