According to The Asahi Shimbun, just like at sea, motorists in need of emergency assistance can now summon help by sending an SOS in Japan.
An increasing number of new cars are equipped with an emergency SOS button to assist drivers in the event of an accident, serious illness or road rage.
The safety feature was introduced for luxury cars about 20 years ago, but it has rapidly spread widely in recent years, thanks to its user-friendliness and convenience.
For the new Levorg, Subaru Corp.'s mainstay station wagon unveiled, owners can add the optional SOS button in the overhead console. When the button is pressed, the driver can speak to the operator at an emergency call center.
The button was introduced for the first time along with a function that sends an automatic notification when the vehicle's airbag is deployed.
The emergency button with similar functions is equipped as standard on all Kicks models rolled out in June by Nissan Motor Co. It is also offered as a standard or optional feature on Honda Motor Co.'s new Fit, released in February, and Mazda Motor Corp.'s three models including the MX-30 that went on sale in October.
About 30 models of Toyota Motor Corp.'s vehicles, or half its lineup, come with the button as standard.
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