Volkswagen introduces new active safety features in 2021 models

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Technology on Friday, March 26th, 2021 at 2:07 pm
The Volkswagen steering wheel will control many of the safety functions now available.

What does Volkswagen Travel Assist/Emergency Assist do?

There are a lot of advances in technology happening in and around the world of Volkswagen vehicles. Lately, the automaker’s coming roster of electric vehicles has been getting a lot of attention and that is overshadowing some of the safety innovations that can be found in several models available at the Team Gunther VW showroom right now. One of the newest features can actually work with other systems to take control of the vehicle and bring it safely to a stop if needed. So, what does Volkswagen Travel Assist/Emergency Assist do? Our team found a helpful video and wanted to share it with you. Let’s take a closer look at some of this technology’s highlights. 

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How does Travel Assist work?

Basically, the new Volkswagen Travel Assist feature combines the adaptive cruise control and the Lane Assist systems. If Travel Assist senses the vehicle is starting to leave its lane or gets too close to the traffic ahead, it can take control of the gas pedal, brakes and steering to maintain a set distance. Travel Assist will only work at speeds above 20 miles per hour. It is also very important to note that Travel Assist will only work on roads that are marked with lines, like city streets and freeways. Unmarked roads, like those in rural areas, may not have lines, so the system has nothing to detect.  

What is VW Emergency Assist? 

It is not uncommon for a driver to lose focus when they’re giving on long, straight stretches of highway. The Volkswagen Emergency Assist system is on the lookout for driver inattention, and it will provide several warnings and alerts.  

If a driver’s attention has drifted from the road, the Emergency Assist system will first display a message in the center gauge cluster. Next, if the driver doesn’t indicate they’re paying attention a chime will sound. Finally, the last notification is a short brake check. In the event a driver doesn’t respond to any of these alerts, the system will slowly bring the vehicle to a stop and automatically engage the hazard lights.

Make an appointment with a Team Gunther Volkswagen product expert today if you would like to learn more about the advanced safety systems available with many 2021 VW models. 

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