The New Citroen C5: More Than Just A Facelift | Part Two

Lane Departure Warning System

The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) - a UK first - is designed to prevent drivers from falling asleep or losing attention when behind the wheel, and may even prompt better road manners by reminding drivers to indicate. This potentially life-saving system automatically warns the driver should it detect the car unintentionally drifting across lanes at high speed.

The LDWS uses six sensors under the bumper to detect when the car crosses road lines. Should the car inadvertently drift across these lines when travelling at speeds of over 50mph, and without signalling, the sensors will trigger a vibrating mechanism in either the left or right side of the driver’s seat depending on the direction of drift.

Highly sophisticated, the LDWS can detect not only white markings, but the yellow, red or blue lines used in some European countries. It can also differentiate between continuous or broken lines as well as other road markings such as arrows or written lane information. If desired, it can be quickly deactivated via a button on the dashboard.

Xenon Dual Function Directional Headlamps

Citroen’s DS was the first car to introduce swivelling headlamps, and now the New Look C5 brings that technology bang up to date. Its new Dual Function Directional Headlamps provide a far safer field of vision in night driving conditions - a time when less than 20% of driving takes place, yet when almost 50% of all driving fatalities occur.

Standard or optional on most models, the directional headlamps are controlled via a sensor on the steering column and operate in both dipped and main beam. As the New Look C5 turns into a corner the powerful Xenon lamps follow the curvature of the road, pivoting by up to 15o and lighting up previously unseen road users and obstacles.

continues... | Part Three
Published 9 October 2004 Melanie Carter

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