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In Germany, a study of motorways showed that drivers who fell asleep were responsible for one in four of fatal car accidents (according to the ADAC.). Systems that are designed to recognize the signs of fatigue and advise the driver to take a break are commonly found in premium class automobiles. Opel is now bringing such safety benefits to a wider audience, for example, with the new Grandland X, the exciting new compact sports utility vehicle with prices starting at €23,700 (RRP incl. VAT in Germany).
Driver Drowsiness Alert on the Grandland X triggers a warning if the trajectory of the vehicle suggests driver fatigue or inattention, issuing a message in the driver information cluster and an acoustic signal. After three warnings at the first level the system issues a second alert with a different message in the driver instrument cluster and a louder acoustic signal. The system is reset by driving at speeds below 65 km/h for 15 consecutive minutes.
“Driver fatigue is a danger for all road users, not just for drivers themselves,” said Managing Director Sales and Aftersales, Peter Küspert. “The Driver Drowsiness Alert system in the Opel Grandland X can detect typical signs of fatigue and remind drivers to take regular breaks during long journeys, before something worse happens.”
In addition to Driver Drowsiness Alert, the Opel Grandland X also offers further first-class assistance and safety systems. Opel’s new challenger in the hotly contested SUV market also delivers optimum nighttime visibility without dazzling others. The optional AFL LED headlamps produce a bright white light that effectively turns night into day and automatically adapt to the driving situation.
Peace of mind for Grandland X drivers is available from Opel OnStar. In addition to offering services such as Stolen Vehicle Assistance or a Wi-Fi Hotspot for outstanding connectivity, the personal connectivity and service assistant can help tired drivers find a carpark or book a hotel room. If an emergency should occur, the “guardian angel” automatically responds to crashes, connecting vehicle occupants to a helpful advisor, not a machine.
Source: Stay Alert, Stay Safe: Opel Grandland X Warns of Driver Fatigue