Check out this cute Volkswagen video airing in Europe that shares tragic love story of a pair of stuffed bunnies destined to be forever apart because of Volkswagen's Automatic Distance Control safety technology.
The stars are a male bunny sitting on the dashboard of a Volkswagen Golf and a female bunny stuck to the back window of the van in front. Sadly, although it’s clearly love at first sight, the two love bunnies can never be together.
Volkswagen's Automatic Distance Control technology helps to avoid accidents by using radar to keep your car at a safe distance from the one in front, making driving much easier in stop-and-go traffic.
Unlike traditional cruise control systems that keep a vehicle at a pre-set speed, systems that use radar-based automatic distance control (also called adaptive cruise control by other manufacturers) will adjust your vehicle speed to keep your car within a specific range of the vehicle in front of you. It detects traffic slowing ahead and reduces vehicle speed to match.
If you’re driving too close to the car in front, Volkswagen’s distance control system will alert you with visual and sound signals as well as with a short braking jolt -- and if necessary, it will even bring the car to a stop. It does this with the help of the Front Assist system, which primes the brakes if it senses a collision is likely, shortening the stopping distance when you brake.
In addition to distance sensing cruise control, new Volkswagen cars also feature a safety system called Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically brakes the vehicle when it is involved in a collision in order to help reduce residual kinetic energy. The system is triggered when the airbag sensors detect a primary collision and it is limited to a maximum retardation rate of 0.6g by the electronic stability control (ESC) unit. The driver can effectively override the system at any time; for example, it is disabled if it recognizes that the driver is accelerating. The system is also deactivated if the driver initiates braking at a higher rate than 0.6g.
Beyond these technologies, all Volkswagen models also feature an Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) designed to help keep drivers safe in the event of an accident. If a driver is in a collision where the airbags are deployed and the ICRS is activated, the ICRS will unlock all the doors, disable the fuel pump, and turn on the hazard lights. All of this happens automatically to help look after occupants after a collision has occurred.
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