Driver Alert System

Senses when you start to feel tired and need a break

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Our new Driver Alert System gives early warning of when you need to take a break on long and tiring journeys, making motorway driving safer.

Why do we need this?

Did you know that overtired drivers cause up to 25 per cent of all accidents on motorways? These accidents tend to be particularly serious because the sleepy driver has no chance to react and take avoiding action. So giving drivers early warning they need to take a break is vital for safer travel.

How does the system work?

It monitors driver behaviour closely – noting any erratic steering wheel movements and lane deviations, for example - so it can judge the moment that you are starting to feel sleepy and need to stop. It also continually evaluates traffic signals on the road when you are driving at speeds of more than 40mph. and works out when it's time to take a break.

How does it warn the driver?

If the system detects that you're starting to lose concentration it will alert you with a visual display on the dashboard and a warning sound. If you haven't taken a break within 15 minutes, the system will repeat the warning.

So it's always up to you to plan rest breaks into your journeys, of course, but you'll find our new Driver Alert System a helpful aid to safer driving.

Please refer to your Volkswagen Owner's manual for official guidance on use and operation of all our technology.