A first for small cars: New Polo on the road with IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist partial automation
IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist is extremely easy to use: the standard multifunction steering wheel has a separate button for the smart assist system. A simple click is all it takes, and the new Polo assumes partly automated lateral and longitudinal guidance. The system is based on the fusion of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and adaptive lane guidance, combining for lateral and longitudinal guidance. With this combination of assist systems, the Polo takes a step into next higher vehicle classes. This is how IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist works:
The lane keeping system Lane Assist scans the area in front of the Polo using the same camera in the windscreen as the Dynamic Road Sign Display system. If IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist is active, the predictive ACC and adaptive lane guidance work together as described. However, the driver must keep their hands on the steering wheel, as they are always responsible for judging the traffic situation and controlling vehicle behaviour.
With the manual 5- and 6-speed gearboxes, IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist can be used from a speed of 30 km/h to the maximum speed (210 km/h). If the Polo is fitted with a 7-gear dual clutch gearbox (DSG), the assist system is already available from a speed of 0 km/h. With IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist and DSG it is therefore possible to drive with assistance and thus more comfortably in stop-and-go traffic jam situations. Those who prefer active driving can simply ignore the button for activation of IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist. However, partly automated assist systems relieve the strain on drivers, especially on long journeys. IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist and ACC are available for the Polo as components of the optional IQ.DRIVE package.
In Level 1, the vehicle assists either lateral or longitudinal guidance and the driver is responsible for the other part. However, IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist meets the requirements of Level 2 partly automated driving by taking over both lateral and longitudinal guidance at the same time. In fully-automated Level 4, the driver hands over the responsibility completely to the vehicle in specific cases – such as on the motorway. If the vehicle generally travels without a driver from the start to the destination, this is regarded as Level 5; the hardware and software for this could be available in the next decade.
May 29, 2021 at 02:11