Next gen VW Passat to feature emergency assistance systems

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Eighth Passat

The new MY2015 eighth generation Volkswagen Passat will be offered with a new head-up display and a range of advanced driver assistance systems.

Technologies on offer will include Active Info display (a fully digital instrument cluster), extendible head-up display as well as systems such as an app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablet computers, Front Assist plus City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring and three more world firsts: Emergency Assist (vehicle stops in emergency), Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvring with a trailer) and Traffic Jam Assist.

Autocar says buyers will be able to option the new car with a configurable 12.3-inch TFT colour monitor that goes under the name Active Info Display.

In another first, the new Volkswagen also gains an optional head up display unit that uses a separate glass panel mounted within the top of the dashboard to project relevant information into the driver’s line of sight. The Passat also receives the latest Modular Infotainment System options, including Volkswagen’s Car-Net remote application for in-car connectivity.

Central to the Passat’s premium aspirations is a range of new radar and/or camera based features. Volkswagen has confirmed the new car will offer upgraded versions of the 360 degree Area View and Park Assist functions – the latter allowing the car to automatically park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces. A new Trailer Assist feature also provides assistance when reversing with a trailer for more precise parking.

Among a long list of safety technology included either as standard or optional is Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, which warns of traffic in your blind spot; Traffic Jam Assist, which automatically accelerates and slow the car in heavy traffic up to a predetermined speed.

Also offered is Emergency Assist, which can potentially stop the car when the driver is injured or incapacitated, and the latest generation of Volkswagen’s Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking – which optionally combines both radar and camera sensors to add pedestrian detection.

Source: Volkswagen, Autocar

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