The company is developing the car in a joint venture with the European Union and put the Leon on display at the ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) Congress in London.
The prototype has been developed over two and a half years at the Seat Technical Centre in Martorell, in response to the European Union’s AIDE project (Adaptive Integrated Driver-vehicle Interface). The goal is to increase driving safety, using vehicle-generated information regarding surroundings, vehicle and driver. This makes the car able to make decisions affecting driving safety.
As an example of this technology in action, the Leon will notify its driver when it senses danger on the road ahead, via a light on the dashboard and an audible warning. The vehicle also emits a warning sound and sends vibrations through the steering wheel if it detects that the driver is falling asleep.
The Leon has sensors that monitor the driver’s eye movement and blink frequency, a radar to detect objects ahead, GPS and a specific communication network.
The SEAT Technical Centre has also developed new solutions for the driver to interact with the vehicle, such as a steering wheel-mounted control to manage most of the menus. These functions can also be carried out through voice control.