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What is the Driver Alert System?

Ford’s Driver Alert System constantly monitors your driving behaviour and is designed to detect any changes that could be caused by fatigue. It uses a forward-looking camera to monitor the vehicle position in the lane and calculate a vigilance level for the driver. If the system identifies you're becoming less vigilant, a warning icon appears in the display, suggesting you take a break. If your driving alertness further declines, the message is repeated and combined with a chime. Driver Alert depends on the driver responding to the warning and taking a sufficiently refreshing break. However, even modest assumptions regarding the numbers who are likely to respond leads to an estimation that Driver Alert could prevent a third of all accidents caused by drowsiness.

How does it work?

The forward-looking camera constantly monitors the vehicle position in the driving lane and checks for sudden and exaggerated corrections, which are characteristics of drowsy or inattentive driving. Based on this information and the history of the calculated vigilance level, the system issues two levels of warning – a soft-, or hard-warning. The soft-warning consists of an audible chime to alert the driver to the message in the cluster screen. This chimes for 10 seconds and if the driving behaviour does not change then the hard-warning occurs. The hard-warning is triggered if the vigilance level calculated by the system remains below a certain level. It also comes along with an audible chime to alert the driver, but it is now more intrusive to urge the driver to take a rest.
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