How Does Mercedes-Benz Attention Assist Work?

Since the first car in 1886, Mercedes-Benz has built its name on safety, performance and driving enjoyment.
In 2010, Mercedes-Benz introduced Attention Assist. Although we’ve discussed it briefly in other blog posts, today, we’re going to dive in to learn more about what Attention Assist actually does and how it keeps us safe.

Mercedes-Benz Attention Assist is an industry first technology designed to alert drivers when they begin to show signs of fatigue behind the wheel. The most interesting part of Attention Assist is that it’s not a new or additional system. Instead, it draw on various systems and sensors that are already in place to determine that a driver needs to take a break.
It starts as soon as you get behind the wheel. Shortly after you begin your journey – whether it’s to work, school, or the start of a long road trip – the vehicle begins to build a profile about your driving style. Attention Assist then uses that profile as the basis of comparison for the rest of your drive.

Before introducing Attention Assist, Mercedes-Benz found that fatigued drivers change their steering behaviors and generally tend to make more errors. When Attention Assist notices a change in driving behavior, it will check several other parameters to try and determine if the change is due to driver fatigue or something else.
As previously mentioned, Attention Assist compiles data from many system that are already in place in your Mercedes-Benz. In addition to steering behavior, these include interaction with dashboard controls, time behind the wheel, weather, road surface conditions, and more. In total, Attention Assist measures over 70 different parameters.

When the system detects that the driver is drowsy or otherwise fatigued, it sends an audible and visual alert letting you know that it’s time to take a break. While ignoring it will not result in any harm to your vehicle or its other safety features, remember that it’s important to take breaks while you’re driving, especially if you’re going to be driving longer distances: both AAA and Fodors recommend a minimum 15-minute break every 2-3 hours to give yourself (and your passengers) a break. As an added benefit, you’re more likely to make better time on your trip, too!

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