What Does VW Automatic Post-Collision Braking System Do?
Volkswagen models come with a wide range of safety features, and with many new VW vehicles now coming available with state-of-the-art driver assistance systems, staying safe is more high tech than ever. Of course, no matter how sophisticated your vehicle’s safety features might be, accident-free driving can never be guaranteed. That is why Volkswagen has developed the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, to keep you safe even if your vehicle does get in a collision. So, what exactly does the VW Automatic Post-Collision Braking System do?
Unlike Volkswagen’s line of driver assistance systems that can help you avoid potential collisions, such as Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking or Blind Spot Monitoring, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is designed to kick in after a collision, as the name suggests. When the vehicle’s airbag sensors detect a collision, the vehicle can be slowed down by applying the brakes.
So, what’s the point of doing this if a collision has already occurred? The idea behind the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is that car crashes are a series of events rather than just one single event. After the initial collision, residual kinetic energy can cause additional damage, and slowing down the vehicle reduces the chances of that.
Should this system be activated, the driver will still retain control of the vehicle and is able to override it by applying the brakes or accelerator.
What Volkswagen models have the Automatic Post-Collision Braking system?
Touareg and Golf family models already had the system equipped as standard, but for the 2016 model year, the system’s availability has now been extended for the Beetle, Beetle Convertible and Jetta. So far, we only have availability information updated for the 2016 model year, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it come with many more future VW vehicles.
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Of course, we hope you never find yourself in a car accident, but should it happen you can feel that little bit safer knowing what the VW Automatic Post-Collision Braking System does. For questions, you can contact us at Findlay Volkswagen.