General Motors is introducing one of its newest safety features, the safety alert seat, to its redesigned 2014 GMC Sierra.
The safety alert seat works by vibrating the seat bottom when the lane departure warning system detects that the truck is leaving the lane without a signal. Both sides of the seat can operate independently, to indicate which side of the truck is drifting across the line. In the case of the forward collision alert system detecting a potential crash, both sides of the seat will vibrate.
“Using the tactile sense to communicate crash threat direction provides an effective and intuitive way to cut through the clutter of visual and auditory sensory information that drivers routinely experience,” said GM active safety technical fellow Raymond Kiefer.
Along with the vibrating seat, both lane departure warning and forward collision alert use different visual aids in the instrument cluster to let the driver know when the truck is drifting, or approaching another vehicle too fast.
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