Aftermarket solution aims to tackle driver distraction
A new aftermarket device designed to monitor and warn distracted and drowsy drivers is now available.
Intended to provide a more cost-effective and convenient solution to factory-fit systems, the Vuemate DL 330 A is made by a Korean firm and has been on sale in markets including Japan, Korea and Australia since 2013 but is now being distributed in the UK by Route Angel, run by qualified automotive engineer John Gibson.
According to analysis, eight out of 10 drivers admit to driving when very tired while separate research of 11,000 drivers found one in six were engaged in a distracting activity, such as talking on a phone, or to a passenger, or smoking.
Developed to monitor and warn of any signs of distraction, the Vuemate device is mounted somewhere around the cabin where it has an uninterrupted view of the driver’s eyes, and is powered from a cigar lighter/12V power socket. It works by mapping the driver’s face each time the vehicle is switched on and continuously monitoring them – in the event of any anamolies in eye movement, head orientation and stature, a 90db alarm sounds. It can also be supplied with an optional GPS sensor that adjusts the sensitivity and alarm volume pro-rata to speed.
The system functions in daylight and dark, and with or without glasses/sun glasses with the exception of mirrored lenses.
Vuemate is priced at £169.95 and £30 for the GPS sensor with free delivery.