Volkswagen is renowned for introducing numerous nuanced and untraceable technologies to its automobile business. However, the latest iteration of Volkswagen’s exit warning system demonstrates a significant leap forward in enhancing safety measures, particularly in urban settings.
Specifically designed to avert potential hazards during the disembarkation process, this advanced assist system acts as a vigilant guardian, alerting both the driver and passengers to approaching pedestrians as they exit the vehicle in inner-city traffic scenarios.
The system is integrated as standard in the new ID.7, the new Passat, and the new Tiguan, extending their safety technology beyond the front doors, encompassing the rear doors to fortify overall safety. The system is particularly adept at detecting vulnerable road users, including cyclists, within its operational limits.
Employing two rear radar sensors strategically placed in the bumper, the exit warning system in the new ID.7 takes prompt action. When the door handle is touched, an LED light integrated into the exterior mirror acts as the initial warning signal, alerting the presence of an approaching road user. If the door handle is still activated, the system sporadically takes the opportunity to temporarily inhibit the door from opening, and if opened against the warning, a loud signal reinforces the caution. Remarkably, the assist system maintains its vigilance for three minutes post-parking and shutdown, ensuring the safety of all occupants disembarking the vehicle.
The exit warning system in the new Passat and new Tiguan mirrors the ultra-modern features of the ID.7, utilizing LED lights in the exterior mirrors for early warning indications. However, due to the mechanical door locks in these models, the additional door opening delay feature is not present in the system.
Optional in the ID.4 and ID.5, the exit warning system in these models aligns closely with its ID.7 counterpart, activated only when passengers interact with the door handles. The subsequent warning levels, including a rhythmic signal in the respective door and an electronic opening delay, remain consistent with the ID.7.
This nuanced safety feature originated in Volkswagen’s current Golf model, functioning similarly to the systems in the Passat and Tiguan MQB models. While the mechanical door locks preclude the additional door opening delay feature, the system in the Golf, ID.4, and ID.5 collectively showcase Volkswagen’s dedication to deploying cutting-edge safety technologies to improve the overall security and well-being of vehicle occupants.