Coffee Cup Dashboard Warning May Save Lives

April 6th, 2015 by

Coffee Cup Dashboard Warning May Save Lives

Reports show that one in five fatal crashes occurs due to drowsy driving. Here’s what Nissan is doing to combat this sobering reality.

Up to this point, there was no good way to tell if a driver was falling asleep other than self-monitoring. The problem with this, of course, is that many drivers don’t realize they’re falling asleep until it’s too late. To combat this, Nissan introduced the Nissan Driver Attention Alert system.

It was a key safety feature on prior generations of Nissan vehicles like the 2015 Murano and 2016 Maxima. Fittingly enough, this hi-tech warning came in the form of an amber coffee cup warning light.

What does the coffee cup dashboard warning light mean?

So how can a car tell if a driver is drowsy?

Using steering sensors and other monitors, the system attached to your Nissan gets to know you and your driving style. If it detects events like steering corrections or unusual steering patterns, the amber coffee cup warning light comes on with a chime and message that asks “Take a break?”

Unless the system is turned off manually, the warning light will remain illuminated until the car’s engine shuts off (at which point it resets).

The hope is that drowsy drivers will have found somewhere to stay for the night or, at the very least, pull over for some rest.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility

Nissan Intelligent Mobility picks up where the company’s coffee cup dashboard warning leaves off. Available on newer generations of Nissans like the 2019 Nissan Altima, Intelligent Mobility allows you to drive with even greater safety and awareness. 

The safety suite provides you with a 360-degree safety shield with features like

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Assist

Stay safe with Nissan safety technology. Find a Nissan vehicle that suits you by visiting Rairdon’s Nissan of Auburn today at 713 35th Street NE, Auburn, WA 98002

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