SEAT REVEALS INNOVATIVE ‘GUARDIAN ANGEL’ SAFETY CAR
Nov 16, 2017
- Leon ‘Cristobal’ safety car revealed at Smart City Expo
- Named after the patron saint of travellers
- Halo vehicle includes some of the most advanced safety systems, all in one car
- Features include ‘Drive Coach’, ‘Eye Tracker’, ‘Mentor Mode’, ‘Display Mirror’ and black box technology
SEAT has pulled the wraps off a ‘Guardian Angel’ safety car at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain.
The Leon ‘Cristobal’ is named after St Christopher (San Cristobal in Spanish), the patron saint of travellers. The concept car is billed as the safest car in the history of the SEAT brand, and features a host of digital technologies that are designed to make life safer for drivers and passengers.
The car has 19 technologically innovative safety features, which include Drive-lock, A built-in breathalyser that prevents the car from starting if a positive reading is given, Eye Tracker, which can detect from the driver’s eyelids if they are about to fall asleep at the wheel, Drive-coach - a voice assistant that enables safety warnings to be personalised to the driver’s individual settings, such as excessive speed warnings, a Display-mirror, which uses a rear camera for better all-round vision, allowing the driver to still see behind even if the boot is full, a Black box image and data recorder that sends footage to a selected smartphone in the event of an accident and SEAT’s pioneering Mentor app, which enables parents to control the vehicle’s speed and monitor its location when their children are driving it. Combined, the Cristobal can be driven in Guardian Angel mode, where all of the 19 safety technologies work concurrently. The safety features not only protect the car and its occupants, but could also reduce insurance premiums.
SEAT UK Director, Richard Harrison, said: “While the Cristobal remains a concept vehicle, its appearance at the Smart City Expo, in one of Europe’s most youthful and vibrant cities, shows that SEAT is focused on offering cars that have huge appeal to younger drivers, yet also have class-leading safety features, driven by advanced technology.”
SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its vehicles, and is present in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. In 2016, SEAT obtained an operating profit of 143 million euros, the highest in the history of the brand, and achieved worldwide sales of nearly 410,000 vehicles.
SEAT Group employs more than 14,500 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza, Leon and now, Arona. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and the Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia.
The multinational has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub that brings together 1,000 engineers who are focussed on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in the company’s global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.
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