Sunday 22 October 2017

VW gives urban drivers a brake

VW'S new active city braking system augments its intelligent cruise control and front-assist braking to help prevent collisions with the car ahead at speeds below 30km, writes Andrew English.

VW Passat's new active city braking system works particularly well and, at low speeds, makes it more difficult to crash than not.

The system monitors the road in front with the short-range radar and reacts to stationary vehicles.

If the driver is already braking, the system jams the anchors on fully to try to avoid an impact.

If the brakes aren't applied, the system applies partial braking to reduce the impact – this is for legal reasons – although most times there is no impact.

It works really well and, at low speeds, actually makes it more difficult to crash than not. Needless to say, one journalist at the recent launch managed to crash a Passat into a stationary car.

How's that for dedication?

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