How does Volkswagen pedestrian monitoring work?
Volkswagen is a technology-forward company, and now many of their cars come with a relatively new technology called pedestrian monitoring. How does Volkswagen pedestrian monitoring work? We have answers for you! Learn about this new innovative safety technology and how it can save lives.
Technology developed to help pedestrians
Long before there were ever cars there were pedestrians, and since the use of cars became so widespread, cars and pedestrians have had to share many spaces. Big strides have been made to make cars safer during those unfortunate times when people and cars meet.
Bumpers and hoods are designed with pedestrians in mind, brakes have been improved, and even the roadways themselves have been designed for the safety of pedestrians. Now there is a new technology that VW calls pedestrian monitoring that seeks to protect pedestrians even more.
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When does VW pedestrian monitoring go into action?
The pedestrian monitoring system from VW is constantly monitoring the road ahead. It will even work in daylight or in total darkness. It monitors up to 400 feet ahead across a 35-degree arc. The system only operates at speeds below 40 miles-per-hour where cars and people are most likely to come into contact with one another.
When traveling between 4 mph and 18.6 mph, the car will stop itself if it detects an impending collision with a person. If going between 18.6 mph and 40 mph, it will send both audio and visual alerts in an attempt to caution the driver. If the driver does not act, the system will still engage automatic braking.
What VW models have VW pedestrian monitoring?
There are several 2019 models that get pedestrian monitoring standard including the Arteon, Atlas, Golf, Golf R, and Golf Alltrack. As for the rest of the lineup, most models have it available including the Jetta GLI, Passat, Tiguan, Golf SportWagen, Golf GTI, and e-Golf.
By 2022, Volkswagen expects new VW models to have pedestrian monitoring as a standard feature. The German auto manufacturer takes safety very seriously and believes this is an important step toward accident prevention.