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About Driver Attention Assist

Driver Attention Assist* can provide alerts if it detects you’re drowsy. If severe drowsiness is identified, you’re presented with options such as phone a friend, place an OnStar® call or navigate to the nearest place of interest.

How it works

Unless you’ve temporarily disabled it, Driver Attention Assist is active when you turn your vehicle on. Your vehicle must be in forward motion and traveling above a certain speed. 
Driver Attention Assist uses cameras to warn you when it detects that you may be tired. It looks for signs of extreme fatigue, such as yawning, long blinks or repeated blinking.

Types of Driver Attention Assist alerts

Depending on how drowsy the system detects you are, you may get these alerts:


  • Level 1: You’re aware you’re tired and need some effort to keep awake (e.g., by playing music, rolling down the windows, etc.).
    • You’ll see a yellow coffee cup icon in your cluster display and hear a chime (or feel a Safety Alert seat pulse).
  • Level 2: You’re showing signs of severe exhaustion and are fighting to stay awake or drifting in and out of sleep.
    • You’ll see a red coffee cup icon in your cluster display and hear several chimes (or feel Safety Alert seat pulses).
    • You’ll see options asking you if you’d like to take a break, call a friend or navigate to a nearby point of interest (e.g., coffee shop, hotel, gas station, etc.). You can also call an OnStar Advisor.


Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

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How can I customize my alerts for Driver Attention Assist or Attention Alert?

Alerts can be customized through the vehicle Settings menu under “Driver Attention Assist.”

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To find out if your vehicle has this feature, contact your dealer or refer to your vehicle’s equipment list. Please check your Owner’s Manual for more information about features.