Just recently, Continental has developed long range radar (Advanced Radar Sensor, ARS 410) which helps spot pedestrians and other vehicles and applies brake in time, hence ensuring road safety. This function now comes standard in the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan.
The state-of-the-art sensor spots objects and particularly pedestrians at a distance of up to 170 meters and alerts the driver in time. What’s more, automatic braking is even activated in an emergency.
According to Karlheinz Haupt, Head of Continental’s Driver Assistance Systems business unit, it is crucial to react quickly and safety in dangerous and confusing situations, and the driver is supported by their radar technology. He explained that with pedestrian detection based on radar alone, VW and Continental have taken one step further towards the prevention of grave accidents as even a pedestrian who is partially concealed by a vehicle can be spotted by their radar.
In a statement, Prof. Dr. Stefan Gies, Head of Car Chassis Development at the Volkswagen AG, said that with the new Tiguan, Volkswagen and Continental have succeeded in taking a further significant step towards accident prevention. “Thanks to the use of this serially-produced, high-resolution radar with advanced emergency braking in a volume segment, we have made a significant contribution to the improvement of road safety.” He added that for a little additional cost, they could also offer customers extra radar-based comfort functions such as the automatic distance control Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
The radar sensor is installed in the front grille behind the VW badge and it differentiates between stationary and moving objects. It constantly monitors events on the road ahead and automatically adjusts the distance to the vehicle in front, without the need for the driver to make constant distance corrections. The optional adaptive Cruise Control gives VW Tiguan drivers a stress-free and fuel-efficient driving experience.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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