A set of 19 new life-saving car technologies have been revealed in the Seat Leon Christobel concept car, with the potential introduction in 2019.
The technology-packed five-seat hatchback are aimed at reducing deaths and accidents from speeding, distraction, drink and drug driving and putting your seatbelt on, especially among younger drivers.
“These are all technologies we have in development and could significantly save lives if they go in to production,“ said Stefan Illijevic, project manager for the Christobel concept.
The outside of the Leon hides multiple new systems built into the car, including two new sensing systems, although most of these technologies already exist, it’s the first time they all feature in one car.
And many of them can send text warnings to parents’ mobile devices – the idea being that if your driving like a knob your going to some grief from your loved ones.
Christobel’s main new sensor is an ‘eye tracker’ bar – a dashboard camera that can recognise the driver’s face and deduce moods from your expression.
It is integral to the alco-lock, a breathalyser linked to the ignition by Bluetooth, and which can prevent a drunk or drugged driver from starting the car.
The eye tracker is used to confirm the identity of the driver to prevent, for example, a passenger from helping to get round the breathalyser.
A further safety check will cut the ignition if, for example, the door is opened, which might signal that a sober passenger has helped to start the car.
To address distraction, the Christobel has a rear-view camera integrated into the rear-view mirror to eliminate blindspots.
All the safety devices can be configured through the Leon’s central touchscreen display and their functions linked to a single, steering-wheel mounted ‘Guardian Angel’ button. While all this sounds great, I can see it being a huge pain in the ass if anyone wants to borrow your car.