Continental has announced that it has supplied long range radar (Advanced Radar Sensor, ARS 410) sensors for the new Volkswagen Tiguan, which helps detect pedestrians and brakes in time. This safety feature from VW detects objects, especially pedestrians at a distance of up to 170 meters and warns the driver in time. Additionally, automatic braking is initiated in an emergency situation once an obstruction is detected, and this function is now standard in the new Tiguan.
The radar sensor is installed in the front grill right behind the VW badge, and enables a whole new level of safety, noted Continental. This new, built-in generation of radar differentiates between static and moving objects, with its wide field of view not only detecting other vehicles, but also pedestrians, the company explained. It said a major advantage of the sensor is its robustness in adverse weather conditions such as fog, drizzle or glare from the sun.
A driver provided additional safety with the optional intelligent, radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Events on the road ahead are continuously monitored and the distance to the vehicle in front is automatically adjusted, without the driver needing to make constant distance corrections, Continental said. ACC is claimed to enable stress-free and fuel-efficient driving in the VW Tiguan.
Karlheinz Haupt, Head, Driver Assistance Systems business unit, Continental, said it is important to react quickly and safely in critical and confusing situations. He added that the driver is supported by Continental’s radar technology. With pedestrian detection based on radar alone, VW and Continental have taken one step further towards the prevention of serious accidents, Haupt explained.
With the new Tiguan, VW and Continental have succeeded in taking a further important step towards accident prevention, noted Prof Dr Stefan Gies, Head, Car Chassis Development, Volkswagen AG. He said that with the use of this serially-produced, high-resolution radar with advanced emergency braking in a volume segment, VW has made a significant contribution to the improvement of road safety. Prof Dr Gies also said that for a little extra cost, the company also offers customers additional radar-based comfort functions, such as the automatic distance control ACC.