With all the noises that surround us in the car, it can be easy to ignore or not notice a simple beep or bell, which is why Chevrolet’s Safety Alert Seat uses subtle vibrations to get the driver’s attention.
The Safety Alert Seat works with the crash avoidance system. When a crash risk is detected, the driver’s seat bottom cushion will vibrate on the left or right to draw the driver’s attention towards the crash risk. This vibration is especially useful for drivers who may be hard of hearing and can’t hear the standard auditory alerts from a crash avoidance system.
“Using the tactile sense to communicate crash threat direction can help cut through the clutter of visual and auditory sensory information that drivers routinely experience,” said GM Active Safety Technical Fellow Raymond J. Kiefer, in a statement.
“The best kind of safety protection we can offer are customer-focused features that help drivers avoid the crash altogether, and which are kept turned on for every trip.”
Originally, the Safety Alert Seat was only available in GM’s luxury lineup. Now, in just two years, it has migrated to select 2015 Chevrolet models, including the Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoe.
Want a demonstration of Chevrolet’s Safety Alert Seat? Stop by Hutch Chevrolet of Paintsville, KY and see how it feels for yourself.