Modern safety and comfort assistants extremely popular in SKODA SCALA and KAMIQ
Among drivers of the two ŠKODA compact models, the rearview camera, which 45% of customers ordered when buying a SCALA and 59.1% of customers ordered for the KAMIQ, is very popular. ŠKODA also offers a smart lighting feature: While all SCALA and KAMIQ models can automatically switch on the dipped beam when darkness falls, or it starts to rain, the optional Auto Light Assist also offers the option of automatically dimming the high beam when vehicles approach. This extra feature was chosen by 22.8% of SCALA buyers and 17.8% of KAMIQ customers. 71.4% of the SCALA models delivered and 81.4% of ŠKODA KAMIQ were equipped with a rain sensor.
Lane Assist uses the camera in the windscreen to detect lane boundaries and road markings. This enables it to warn the driver of an unintentional lane change and keep the vehicle in the current lane through steering interventions. Automatic counter-steering is continuous and smooth and can be overridden by the driver at any time with little effort. The system warns the driver of an impending collision and can also initiate automatic braking to avoid a collision or minimise the consequences of one. The system uses a sophisticated algorithm to calculate in advance whether a pedestrian or cyclist is in danger of cutting across the road.
What additional functions does the optional Side Assist offer?
If the system detects vehicles approaching from behind or in the blind spot, it warns the driver with light signals on the inside of the side mirror housing and with vibrations in the steering wheel. If the driver activates the indicator to indicate a lane change in the direction of the vehicle approaching from behind, Side Assist also actively intervenes with steering corrections to avoid a collision. An additional component of Side Assist is Rear Traffic Alert: when the driver of a SCALA or KAMIQ wants to reverse out of a parking space, the system informs them at speeds of up to 15 km/h if objects are moving around the rear of the vehicle. This also works if these objects approach from the side and are moving at speeds of up to 70 km/h.
The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) also automatically maintains a safe distance from vehicles ahead while driving and, if necessary, brakes the SCALA or KAMIQ to a standstill. Combined with the steering interventions of Lane Assist, does this now constitute autonomous driving?
Krejča: We are still a few steps away from introducing production-ready autonomous driving in our vehicles. However, our currently available systems already fulfill semi-autonomous functions that support the driver in certain actions and increase safety in many situations. The driver always bears full responsibility for their vehicle while driving and must, therefore, keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times.
May 05, 2020 at 14:08