Friday, 28 July 2017

Stay Alert, Stay Safe: Opel Grandland X Warns of Driver Fatigue

  • Increased safety: New compact SUV offers Driver Drowsiness Alert
  • First-class portfolio: Ultra-modern assistance systems on board
  • IAA debut: Order books now open, at dealerships shortly after Frankfurt Motor Show

Safety first: New Opel Grandland X comes with an outstanding portfolio of ultra-modern assistance systems.

The all-new Opel Grandland X will make its premiere at the 67th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt (September 14-24) and be at dealerships shortly thereafter. The Opel Grandland X has a first-class portfolio of ultra-modern assistance features: Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking and pedestrian detection, Advanced Park Assist and the 360° Camera – all standard with INNOVATION trim – are just some highlights. Systems such as  Adaptive Cruise Control with stop function, which maintains the selected speed and distance to the vehicle ahead and brakes or accelerates the Grandland X when required, increase safety even further. Moreover, there is another highlight, a very caring assistance system called Driver Drowsiness Alert.

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[1].). 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 (SUV) with prices starting at €23,700 (RRP incl. VAT in Germany).

Driver Drowsiness Alert on the Opel 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 Opel Grandland X drivers is available from Opel OnStar. In addition to offering services such as Stolen Vehicle Assistance or a Wi-Fi Hotspot[2] for outstanding connectivity, the personal connectivity and service assistant can help tired drivers find a carpark[3] or book a hotel room[4]. If an emergency should occur, the “guardian angel” automatically responds to crashes, connecting vehicle occupants to a helpful advisor, not a machine.

[1] ADAC flyer “Müdigkeit im Straßenverkehr”, page 6
[2] OnStar Services require activation and account with OnStar Europe Ltd. Wi-Fi Hotspot Services require account with nominated network operator. Charges apply after expiry of applicable trial periods. All services subject to mobile network coverage and availability. Check [LOCAL SITE] for service limitations and charges.
[3] Via Parkopedia.
[4] Via Email address and credit card required.

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