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This new Mercedes drives itself when you fall asleep

This new Mercedes drives itself when you fall asleep
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In 2013, 37% of American drivers admitted falling asleep behind the wheel, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Several studies have shown that being seriously tired behind the wheel is worse than drinking and driving when it comes to reaction time and judgment.

Even worse, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that driving while drowsy is behind 100,000 crashes a year with 1,500+ deaths. Still, in the next week you're probably going to be driving when you should be taking a nap, because you need to be somewhere. What's the solution?

Self-driving cars are the obvious answer, but those aren't ready for daily use quite yet. There are still some legal, technological and financial hassles to overcome.

In the meantime, Mercedes-Benz is teaming up with electronics-maker LG to keep tired drivers - and those around them - safe. This is a good step because technology introduced in Mercedes cars - side airbags, adaptive cruise control, automated parking, etc. - usually ends up in less expensive cars within 10 years.

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