Studies have shown that driving tired is even worse than driving while intoxicated. Doing it while on your own -even worse. With the Anti-Sleep Pilot, that doesn’t have to be the case.
Designed to sit on your vehicle’s dashboard (it has a magnetic base), you can think of the device as an electronic co-pilot. While it won’t take over the wheel when you need a respite, it will periodically pester you to keep you on your toes, as well as detect when you’re driving in an uncharacteristic manner and alert you to it.
The Anti-Sleep Pilot uses onboard accelerometers to monitor your driving non-stop, watching for variances that could indicate you’re falling prey to fatigue. A lighted display on the body shows your detected fatigue level based on how you’re driving — when it turns red, it means you’re beginning to go way off on your typical road habits. It may be good time to pull over and take a short break.
When first used, the safety equipment will ask you a variety of questions, your answers to which will be stored as your personal risk profile (you answer by turning a knob on the underside). It will regularly conduct tests while you’re driving, too, asking questions you can respond to by giving it a tap (it has onboard touch sensors). It includes a light sensor to adapt the backlight display to suit the lighting levels in your cabin, as well as a sound sensor for auto-adjusting the volume to compensate for noise.
Currently, the Anti-Sleep Pilot is only available in Denmark (where it is made), priced at approximately $270. It’s supposed to debut in the US soon.