2018 Volkswagen Atlas Driver Assistance Technology
2018 Volkswagen Atlas Driver Assistance Technology
The Volkswagen Atlas is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited here at Low Country Volkswagen. Available in eight vivid colors, the 2018 Atlas has the look that will match any style. To top it all off, the engineers at Volkswagen have loaded the Atlas with advanced Driver Assistance technology coupled with a spacious new design to go along with its many great features.
Area View” 360° Camera System
A cool thing about the Atlas, is that is comes with a “Area View” Camera System that generates an all-around view of the area around the vehicle and displays this in real time on the touchscreen. The “Area View” 360° Camera System generates a 360° all-around view on the touchscreen on demand from a total of twelve different perspectives and can even literally look “around the corner” and with a bird’s eye view. The system is automatically activated when the vehicle is put into reverse and is manually activated using the Park Assist button. All four cameras can be controlled by the driver individually and also together in specific situations.
Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System reduces the likelihood and intensity of multiple
collisions using an automatic braking intervention. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System provides an absolute gain in safety as an emergency brake for the driver and all other road users. The controlled braking provides optimal support for the driver during the moment of shock following a collision. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is included in all Atlas lines. Crash sensors report a collision to the airbag control unit and the data is transferred to the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) program. This control center triggers braking to
approximately 6 mph while preventing the vehicle from skidding. The system automatically switches the hazard lights on when emergency braking starts. The driver can override the system at any time: as soon as the driver increases the pressure on the brake or gas pedal, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System switches itself off. Thanks to the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) program, the vehicle can be steered optimally at all times: As soon as the driver has recovered from the moment of shock, they can steer out of the danger zone in a controlled manner. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is included.
Blind Spot Monitor
The “blind spot” is often filled with lively events and not paying attention to these can result in serious accidents. In contrast to the driver, the Blind Spot Monitor always has an eye on the events in the blind spot and this improves the all-around view. The Blind Spot Monitor improves the all-around view of the driver in all traffic situations. The driver can easily observe the hazard notifications of the Blind Spot Monitor as they are provided in the outside mirror, which the driver sees at all times. Monitoring the blind spot simplifies changing lane and overtaking for the driver and increases safety for the driver and other road users. The Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert simplifies backing out of a parking space while making it
safer at the same time.
The Blind Spot Monitor functions with radar sensors in the rear bumper of the vehicle.
These monitor the rear side surroundings in an area of approximately 65 ft. and are active
from a speed of 9 mph. As soon as the sensors detect another vehicle within their warning zone, the driver is notified of the potential danger by an LED light illuminating in the corresponding outside mirror. If the driver operates the turn signal on the corresponding side, the LED light flashes more brightly to make the driver aware of the increased hazard. When overtaking, the Blind Spot Monitor does not only identify other vehicles, it also takes
into account the difference in speed of these. If the vehicle overtakes with a difference of
more than 6 mph, the LED light is not illuminated; the faster a vehicle approaches from the
rear, the earlier the LED light illuminates. The Blind Spot Monitor is available from the Atlas SE in combination with the Rear Traffic Alert.
Front Assist” Ambient Traffic Monitoring System
The “Front Assist” Ambient Traffic Monitoring System identifies critical traffic situations resulting from distances that are too small and helps the driver to reduce the stopping distance. The “Front Assist” w/Autonomous Emergency Braking System detects critical safety distances, reduces the stopping distance, reduces therefore the severity of rear-end collisions, and can even avoid a crash. The automatic partial braking to full braking offers optimal braking assistance in situations in which the safety distance is critical or threatens to become so. The “Front Assist” Ambient Traffic Monitoring System can also identify stationary vehicles and pedestrians in combination with the City Emergency Braking System with Pedestrian Monitoring: an absolute gain in safety for life and limb of all road users.
The “Front Assist” w/ Autonomous Emergency Braking System is an integral part of the
automatic distance control ACC, but also functions independently of its activation. A sensor integrated into the front emblem of the Atlas monitors the distance to vehicles ahead. The “Front Assist” w/Autonomous Emergency Braking System identifies critical traffic situations
where there is not enough distance based on the data provided and responds in three stages
in the Atlas. In the first stage (speed above 20 mph) the system warns the driver using acoustic and visual signals of vehicles suddenly braking or traveling slowly ahead and the risk of collision
associated with this. In parallel, the system prepares the vehicle for emergency braking by applying the brake pads to the brake discs and increasing the sensitivity of the hydraulic braking assistant.
Should the driver not react to the first warning or for speeds under 20 mph the system warns of the impending rear-end collision in the second stage by means of a brief brake jolt and increases the responsiveness of the braking system further. If the driver then brakes, the full braking power is immediately available. If braking is not powerful enough, the “Front Assist” w/Autonomous Emergency Braking System increases the braking pressure to the point where the vehicle can come to a standstill before the obstacle. In the Atlas, the “Front Assist” w/Autonomous Emergency Braking System autonomously initiates automatic partial braking which is sufficient to slow down the vehicle and to restore the attention of the driver after the third-stage collision warning. If the system identifies that a collision is unavoidable, it also assists the driver with automatic emergency braking to reduce the impact speed and to minimize the severity of the collision. The “Front Assist” w/Autonomous Emergency Braking System includes as standard the City Emergency Braking System with Pedestrian Monitoring. Therefore, the system also responds with speeds of up to 20 mph to stationary vehicles and detects pedestrians with a driving speed of up to 40 mph. The “Front Assist” w/Autonomous Emergency Braking System is included in combination with the Adaptive Cruise Control ACC in the Atlas from the SE w/ Technology trim.
Park Assist” Parking Steering Assistant
The ” automatically steers the car into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. Forward and backward, completes “unsuccessful” attempts at parking, and also steers out of parallel parking spaces. The system also includes the “ParkPilot” Park Distance Control (PDC). The “Park Assist” Parking Steering Assistant provides ideal support
for parking in and driving out of typical parking situations: parallel and perpendicular, forward and backward. Through autonomous steering, the “Park Assist” Parking Steering Assistant simplifies parking in small or narrow spaces as well as in times of stress in city traffic or on busy
roads. The system ensures optimal parking of the vehicle so that it does not protrude into traffic or too far onto the sidewalk. The “Park Assist” Parking Steering Assistant proves valuable support for inexperienced or unsure drivers, in simple and in complicated parking situations. Version 3.0 of the “Park Assist” Parking Steering Assistant now also provides valuable assistance to the driver for automatic forward parking in perpendicular spaces.
The driver activates “Park Assist” Parking Steering Assistant using a button and then drives
along the road at a maximum speed of 25 mph and at a distance of 1.6 to 4.9 ft. from the
edge of the road. By switching on the turn signal, the driver defines which side of the road he wishes to park on. The desired parking maneuver no longer has to be selected with Version 3.0 of the “Park Assist” Parking Steering Assistant as this is automatically selected by the system.
Using ultrasound sensors, the “Park Assist” Parking Steering Assistant locates available spaces at the edge of the road when driving by and also detects parking spaces on curves, between trees, and at the curb; furthermore, it scans for parking spaces on both sides of one way streets. It only chooses parking spaces that are at least 2.6 ft. longer (parallel parking) or wider (perpendicular spaces) than the vehicle; when a suitable space is detected, a corresponding
notification appears on the display or touchscreen. The system stores the last four spaces detected (parallel and perpendicular) and the driver can select which one they want to drive in to. When the driver has made a decision, the system guides the driver into the correct starting
position regardless of parallel or perpendicular space, forward or backward. Then the system prompts the driver according to the maneuver required to put the vehicle into reverse or 1st gear.
After putting the vehicle into the appropriate gear, the automatic steering system carries
out the optimal steering wheel movements so that parking is on the idea line – the driver
uses the gas pedal carefully, but can influence or abort the parking process at any time by
operating the clutch or brake. During the entire process, the following notification appears on the display or touchscreen: “Steering intervention active! Observe surrounding area!”, because the driver is fully responsible at all times, e.g. if they notice a new hazardous situation such as a ball rolling into the parking space. An acoustic and visual signal are provided when the system has completed the parking maneuver. If necessary, the system then asks the driver via the display or touchscreen to drive forward and backward, if required, to correct the parking position. Automatic backing out of a parking space with multiple moves is possible for parallel
parking spaces that are 1.6 meter longer than the vehicle. The “Park Assist” Parking Steering Assistant can complete possible “unsuccessful” parking attempts started by the driver into a bay space – backward and forward – until the vehicle is exactly in the center of the parking space with a distance of at least 1.3 ft. to the other vehicles parked to the left and right. The “Rear View” Camera System provides effective support for the “Park Assist” Parking Steering Assistant. The “Park Assist” Parking Steering Assistant is only installed in the Atlas SEL Premium trim. The Rear Traffic Alert is the early warning system when backing out of a parking space: Even before the driver can register the cross traffic, the system monitors this using radar sensors and warns the driver, if required, of an impending collision. The Rear Traffic Alert monitors the cross traffic when backing out of a space before the driver can see this thereby reducing the risk of an accident in complicated traffic situations. The Rear Traffic Alert can ideally avoid an impending collision independently of the actions of the driver or at least minimize the severity of this.
When backing out of a parking space, e.g. from a stall in a parking lot, the radar sensors of
the Blind Spot Monitor in the rear bumper monitor the space approx. 65 ft. at both sides to
the rear of the vehicle. Due to their clever positioning, the radar sensors already detect approaching vehicles when the driver’s view is possibly partially or completely obstructed due to larger vehicles that are parallel parked. If this is the case, the Rear Traffic Alert warns the driver with an acoustic signal and also a text notification on the display or touchscreen. If the driver reacts too late or not at all to this and as a result there is the threat of a collision with another vehicle, the system activates the emergency braking function. Limitation 1: When backing up, the Rear Traffic Alert can only trigger the emergency braking function at speeds between 0.6 and 7 mph. Limitation 2: The radar sensors can only locate other vehicles in cross traffic; they do not detect pedestrians, cyclists, or similar road users. The Rear Traffic Alert is offered from the Atlas SE trim in combination with the Blind Spot Monitor.
Rear View” Camera System
The “Rear View” Camera System displays the events happening at the rear of the vehicle in real time on the display or touchscreen inside the vehicle. It is the eyes in the back of the head for the driver. The “Rear View” Camera System shows the driver what is happening in the area that could not otherwise be seen at the rear of the vehicle and assists the driver when backing
- Overview and comfort are significantly increased as well as protection from damage caused by collisions with obstacles at the rear of the vehicle. Using the “Rear View” Camera System the driver can safely approach all obstacles e.g. the bumper of another vehicle or a curb and also trailer coupling is simplified considerably. The “Rear View” Camera System detects in real time all kinds of obstacles at the rear of the vehicle, e.g. also extremely low or moving obstacles that cannot be detected by the distance sensors of the “ParkPilot” Park Distance Control.
The “Rear View” Camera System is integrated into the Atlas tailgate and is activated
automatically when the vehicle is put into reverse. The camera with wide-angle lens provides images of the entire area behind the vehicle, including the bumper, and transfers this to the display or touchscreen. Even low and moving obstacles can be easily detected. To simplify backing up, the system superimposes yellow lines for orientation on the image with which the driver can identify the path the vehicle will take with the current steering wheel setting or when they should turn the steering wheel. Additional green and red lines help to estimate distances – the red stop line marks the point at which the vehicle must stop. The “Rear View” Camera System works closely together with the “Trailer Assist” Trailer Maneuvering System and provides unique images of trailer coupling and – if the distance is sufficient – the trailer hitch. The combination simplifies coupling trailers of any type and construction. The “ParkPilot” Park Distance Control (PDC) is an integrated component of the “Rear View” rear view camera whose features can be used by the system; it warns the driver of obstacles with an acoustic signal in parallel to the image in real time. At the touch of a button, the driver can switch between the image of the rear view camera and the vehicle silhouette using the distance bar of the PDC, whereby the different perspectives illustrate the advantages of “Rear View”: In contrast to the PDC, the driver can identify especially children and balls much more reliably. The “Rear View” Camera System is installed in the “Low” version in the S trim; all other lines include the Compact” version starting with the SE trim. In addition, the “Rear View” Camera System is an integral component of the “Area View” 360° Camera System. Furthermore, the “Rear View” Camera System provides effective support for the “Park Assist” Parking Steering Assistant.
City Emergency Braking System
The City Emergency Braking System identifies critical situations relating to the proximity to vehicles ahead or stationary vehicles and brakes the vehicle automatically at low speeds if there is the threat of a collision and if the driver does not react to this in good time. The Pedestrian Monitoring also reacts in the same way – in the system options – if there is the danger of an accident involving a pedestrian. The City Emergency Braking System helps the driver in typical city traffic situations with a speed of up to 20 mph to avoid rear-end collisions or at least to reduce the severity. The City Emergency Braking System with Pedestrian Monitoring implements and evaluates in addition – as one of the system options – dangerous distances and pedestrian movements and, thus, protects the driver, vehicle, and other road users.
The City Emergency Braking System is active from a speed of up to 20 mph. The system measures the distance to a vehicle ahead or stationary vehicle using a radar sensor and assesses this in respect of its potential danger. If the system determines a dangerously close proximity that could immediately lead to a collision, it automatically intervenes and brakes if the driver has not already done so. Ideally, it does not lead to a collision; if it does, the system is at least able to significantly reduce the impact speed. There is no visual or acoustic warning beforehand as the driver does not have any additional reaction time to avoid the collision. From a purely technical point of view, the driver has the option of overriding the system by accelerating. The City Emergency Braking System records – as one of the system options – the position of passers by on the road and also at the roadside and calculates the likelihood of a collision based on their direction of movement and speed. If the system identifies a potential danger situation with a pedestrian, the driver is given a visual and acoustic warning. If the driver does not react, the system first jolts the brakes; if the driver still does not react, the system automatically reduces the speed. Depending on the level of danger (proximity of the pedestrian), the system can also brake immediately. The City Emergency Braking System with Pedestrian Monitoring is an integral part of the “Front Assist” w/ Autonomous Emergency Braking system from the Atlas SE w/ Technology trim.