Ambient Alerts is a new system for drivers to help diagnose and understand faults that might occur with their vehicle. Existing engine warning lights are easily ignored, and struggle to communicate how serious the problem can be.
Ambient Alerts measures the error’s severity and displays it as a heartbeat on the user’s phone. The more severe, the more the heart will change and pulsate. Much like a games controller, the steering wheel vibrates with each heartbeat. The tactile feedback is important for problems that still require the driver’s attention, but otherwise might not have a tell tale physical symptom.