ŠKODA KAROQ Driver assistance systems: Pioneering in-car driver assistance systems from higher vehicle segments

› Radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
› Front Assist including City Emergency Brake with Predictive Pedestrian Protection
› Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert
› Lane Assist keeps the car in the lane
› Traffic Jam Assist makes it easier to drive the car in traffic jams
› Driver Alert warns the driver when it detects signs of fatigue
› Camera-based Traffic Sign Recognition

The compact SUV offers many driver assistance systems that are only seen in higher vehicle segments. For the ŠKODA KAROQ, a wealth of driver assistance systems is available. The safety systems provide pedestrian protection and keep the compact SUV at a safe distance from the car in front. They make it easier for the driver to change lanes and stay in lane, help them to park, and make them aware of important traffic signs.

A selection of the available assistance systems:

Radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) maintains the desired gap from the car in front, meaning the system can reduce the speed of the car or discretely apply its brakes prior to a potential collision. Besides the speed, the driver can also progressively configure the distance and how dynamically ACC is to work.

The optional Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert features make driving safer and more relaxed. From a speed of 10 km/h, two radar sensors at the rear monitor traffic behind the compact SUV. If another vehicle moves in the blind spot or rapidly approaches from behind, an LED warning light illuminates in the visible area of the corresponding wing mirror. Should the driver use the indicator despite the warning, the LED flashes brightly at short intervals. When reversing out of parking spaces or driveways, a warning signal sounds if another car approaches from the side, complemented by a visual warning on the in-car monitor. If necessary, the ŠKODA KAROQ automatically applies the brakes.

The standard Front Assist feature including City Emergency Brake with Predictive Pedestrian Protection uses a radar sensor. The radar captures a large area and also works reliably when visibility is poor. Should the system sense that a collision is imminent, it warns the driver in stages. If necessary, it can initiate automated braking up to an emergency stop. City Emergency Brake is active up to 34 km/h. The standard Predictive Pedestrian Protection feature complements Front Assist: it initiates an emergency stop at speeds between 10 and 60 km/h if a pedestrian dangerously attempts to cross the path of the car. At speeds exceeding 40 km/h, an additional collision warning is emitted.

Hill-Hold Control allows the driver to pull away on a slope without the risk of rolling backwards. The handbrake does not need to be used.

At speeds above 65 km/h, Lane Assist helps the driver by using a camera in the rear-view mirror mount. If the compact SUV approaches a road marking without using the indicators, then the system helps the driver to stay in lane by initiating a subtle corrective steering manoeuvre.

Traffic Jam Assist makes it easier to drive the car in traffic. This system provides more safety and comfort in traffic jams and stop-and-go traffic. Traffic Jam Assist works in combination with the Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist systems. ACC and Lane Assist ‘fuse’ into Traffic Jam Assist. In this case, Lane Assist comes with adaptive lane guidance which helps the vehicle to stay in the lane at speeds below 60 km/h. When ACC is active at the same time, steering, braking and acceleration are carried out automatically, even in traffic jams. The driver’s hands must be on the steering wheel for this to work.

The camera-based Traffic Sign Recognition detects the most common traffic signs and displays them as a pictogram on the digital instrument panel and/or on the navigation system. The same applies for the current speed limit and restrictions on overtaking.

Using the steering characteristics, Driver Alert detects deviations from the driver’s normal behaviour and thereby a reduction in their concentration. The system analyses the steering characteristics 15 minutes after the engine has been started and saves the information as the basis for a signal. During this analysis phase, a minimum speed of 65 km/h must be maintained. A significant deviation from the characteristic steering behaviour indicates driver fatigue. A visual warning on the instrument cluster prompts the driver to take a break.

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