Volkswagen has made its innovative new traffic hazard alert function standard on the new Golf.
‘Car2X technology’, which has been recognised by the Euro NCAP consortium for its ground-breaking safety features, can help drivers to prevent accidents by wirelessly connecting with other vehicles and the traffic infrastructure.
The Wi-Fi is specifically tailored to local communication between vehicles and does not use the mobile phone network, which means it provides blanket coverage within the limits of the system.
Within a radius of up to 800 metres, connected vehicles directly exchange positioning data and information with one another.
This allows them to warn each other of danger or make contact with the traffic infrastructure within a matter of milliseconds.
The German automotive association ADAC tested the new technology and declared it a “technical milestone”.
It tested Volkswagen’s Car2X technology, during which it sent the new Golf into eight typical hazardous situations in which a driver, without being warned, would not be able to react at all, or would only be able to react much later.
In all eight situations, the vehicle warned the driver reliably and in time, often even 10 or 11 seconds before the impending accident. ADAC assessed Volkswagen’s new technology (certified by TÜV), declaring it a “technical milestone”, comparable to systems such as ABS or airbags.
The technology also offers major advantages if the car communicates with nearby traffic lights to allow improved traffic flow.
Car2X technology facilitates ‘swarm intelligence’ and improves as more vehicles adopt the system.
Volkswagen is one of several vehicle manufacturers adopting the technology.
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