According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the 2014 GMC Sierra will have a safety option that includes a vibrating seat. Yes, a vibrating seat. How does this relate to safety? Well, imagine if you got distracted by a flashy billboard or beautiful sunset, causing you to drift into another lane. As you drift, your seat would vibrate to notify you of the danger and you would hopefully veer back into your lane. Using cameras, the GMC truck would also be able to spot how close you are to other drivers and vibrate your seat if things get dangerously close.
This may sound silly, but it’s actually an interesting concept. Considering that statistically, it’s safer to drive with others than alone, this new feature could help serve as wingman when you get distracted. The quote from GM mentions the feature being that “passenger” to warn you when you are veering off or about to hit another vehicle. The drawback to this strategy is that if it doesn’t function accurately or it malfunctions, you could be driving around with your seat vibrating all day…which would be annoying and potentially hazardous your health. Let’s wait and see what GM releases, but for now, will remain cautiously optimistic.
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