2010 Volvo XC60 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volvo XC60: Driver Alert Control

November 30, 2010

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Photo courtesy of Volvo.

Came across an interesting statistic recently: A study released by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that 41 percent of the respondents admit to having fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point. Driving while drowsy appears to be pretty widespread. As such, it's little wonder that car manufacturers have come up with technology to address it.

Volvo's version is called Driver Alert Control, and it uses a camera on the windshield to detect when the car is moving in a way that suggests driver drowsiness. If the system concludes that you're sleepy or distracted, a warning beep is issued and the message shown above appears on the dash.

This feature is offered as part of the $1,700 Technology package on the 2010 XC60; this package also includes features like adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning system and Volvo's collision warning system.

Is Driver Alert Control a safety feature you'd invest in?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 25,562 miles

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