Both Volkswagen Golf and Passat models are been tested by safety experts at the Thatcham Research Centre, who noticed a total of 45 per cent drop in third party personal injury, thanks to the auto-emergency brake system. As you know, the latest generation of Golf is on sale in UK since January 2013 and almost all models are geared with the Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and emergency brake system. Thanks to all these gadgets, injuries with the latest Golf models are halved down.
These systems are new, but it was the Golf vehicle, that made them popular. Especially the ACC technology. As you know, this system is completely effective between a speed range of 30 to 160 km/h (18 to 99 mph). In normal driving, the ACC calculates the speed and the distance to the vehicle ahead and automatically brakes or accelerates, depending on the traffic.
In addition, the Front Assist continues the monitoring the traffic ahead and calculates distances, speed and the force of the brake in occasions it has to be used. And if the driver fails to react on time, the technology automatically generates a braking force, that helps avoiding collisions. Handy, isn't it.
On the other hand, the latest Passat model, that went on sale in UK in January is also geared with ACC. In fact all the Passat models have it as a standard equipment, except the S models. With additional gadgets and the function to detect pedestrians, on-time indications from Thatcham are what avoids accidents and collisions.
ACC system is also available on Polo an Touareg, while the city emergency brake system is included and into the Up! city car.