Vehicle Safety Features
Lane Assist stops your car from drifting out of its lane, reducing the chance of an accident and making long motorway journeys much safer.
The Lane Assist system is like a friendly co-driver. If it senses your car is drifting out of your driving lane it gently counter-steers the car back on line.
Since many accidents are caused by cars leaving their lanes when the driver's concentration falters, this innovative system makes driving safer and easier. The lane-keeping assistant uses a camera located in the rear-view mirror unit to monitor the road markings and prevent an unintended deviation. The system only intervenes if the indicators are not activated, so if you do want to change lanes and signal your intention, the intelligent system recognises this and switches off.
We are the only independent to have the approved equipment to carry out all calibrations of all systems, as shown below VAS6430 the same system used by Main Dealers and approved by each Manufacture.
The Calibration board is used in conjunction with 4 wheel alignment system and ODIS (Diagnostics Machine) to carry out calibrations.
When the system is switched on, Lane Assist automatically becomes active from 40 mph upwards. A camera built into the driver's rear view mirror detects the lane markings and works out the position of the vehicle. If the car starts to drift off lane, the lane keeping assistant takes corrective action. If the maximum action it can take is not enough to stay in lane, or the speed falls below 40 mph Lane Assist warns you with a vibration of the steering wheel. Then it's up to you to take correcting action.
If Lane Assist is activated, a yellow control symbol, shaped like a road, lights up. As soon as the camera has analysed the road markings, this symbol turns green, showing the system is live. If your car then leaves its lane, Lane Assist takes soft and continuous correcting action. If you take your hands off the wheel, the system makes a sound and displays a message, making a takeover request.
If you stop holding the wheel for longer, the function automatically turns itself off. You can counteract Lane Assist, if you wish, by softly steering against it.
Adaptive Cruise Control
ACC adaptive cruise control helps to avoid accidents by always keeping your car at a safe distance from the traffic ahead.
Working together with the radar-controlled Front Assist traffic monitoring system, our adaptive cruise control system keeps you a safe distance from the vehicle in front and that makes driving much easier in slow and stop and go traffic. It means you'll be more relaxed and comfortable on long journeys, knowing you have an extra helping hand.
You pre-set the speed range which you want the Adaptive Cruise Control to brake and accelerate the car within - you can restrict your car's speed to the limit of the road you're on, for example. The safe-distance technology builds on the familiar cruise control system by adding a radar sensor. It immediately detects traffic slowing ahead and automatically reduces your speed to match. If you are driving too close to the car in front, it will warn you in two stages. First, with visual and acoustic signals, and then with a short braking jolt. If necessary, the system will bring your car to a complete stop.
It does this with the help of the Front Assist system which primes the brakes if it senses a collision is likely, shortening the stopping distance when the driver hits the brake pedal.
The safe-distance technology's radar sensor has a range of up to 200 metres and a beam angle of 12 degrees. The radar sensor and control unit are combined into a single unit which is located - on the Passat, for example - behind the Volkswagen badge in the radiator grille.
Using the signals from the radar sensor, the control unit computes the distance to the vehicle ahead and your car's speed relative to it. It also works out its lateral position on multi-lane roads. If there are several vehicles within the sensor's field of coverage at the same time, this information is used to select which of the vehicles the system should track. The radar sensor is not capable of detecting stationary obstructions, such as the end of a tailback or crash barriers, however.
If approaching a slower vehicle ahead or if another vehicle cuts in front of you, the adaptive cruise control slows down the car by initiating corrective controls in the engine management and, if necessary, in the braking system too. If the required rate of deceleration exceeds 30% of the vehicle's maximum stopping power, visual and audible warning signals will prompt the driver to apply the brakes manually.
Side Assist – Blind Spot
When you want to change lanes, Side Assist tells you about other vehicles that are too close or in your blind spot.
Before changing lanes on a fast, busy road, you'll check your mirrors and glance over your shoulder to see if the road is clear. But what about your blind spot? When you indicate that you're about to change lanes, our Side Scan lane change assistant warns you about approaching traffic which could pose a danger.
If there are cars coming up from behind - closer than 50 metres - or in your blind spot, warning LED lights will flash in your wing mirrors to alert you. In this way you know exactly what is happening around you and can avoid any danger.
The system is designed to alert you only when necessary: stationary objects or oncoming vehicles do not trigger warnings. It also ignores vehicles which are more than one lane across, so you're not distracted with frequent warnings. Side scan is activated by pushing a button. It only works from speeds above 40 mph and is primarily designed for motorway driving. You can also switch off the system yourself.
So, you'll still want to be careful when changing lanes, but Side Assist gives you valuable extra help to make every long journey a little more comfortable.
Front Assist monitors the traffic situation in front of your car, warning you when you get too close and even applying the brakes to help avoid collision.
Judging the speed and distance of other road users isn’t always easy, so Front Assist does it for you. It uses radar sensors to measure the distance and relative speed of other vehicles ahead and provides you with an early warning system. If it detects a potential rear-end collision, Front Assist alerts you visually and audibly, while also preparing the brakes for emergency braking.
The city emergency brake function is active in urban traffic at speeds up to 19 miles per hour. If you don’t brake enough Front Assist boosts the braking pressure to prevent a collision. And if you don’t brake at all Front Assist automatically steps in and does it for you. It’s a bit like having an attentive front passenger beside you with their own brake pedal.
That way Front Assist helps you prevent an accident, or at least minimise the consequences.
Traffic Jam Assist uses proven functions such as ACC adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning to allow easy slow driving in traffic jams. Your car will follow the vehicle ahead and automatically operate the accelerator and brakes within the limits of the system so the vehicle is kept in lane.
If your windscreen is replace or any other work carried to the steering or suspension, the geometry and radar or camera should be calibrated