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Learn How Pedestrian Monitoring Improves Your View

In a big city like Houston, it's become more important than ever that drivers and pedestrians are able to share the road safely. Fortunately, Volkswagen has developed its Pedestrian Monitoring technology and included it as part of the company's Front Assist system that helps drivers stay aware of others on the road.

Pedestrian Monitoring is made possible by using a small radar that's discretely placed behind the VW emblem on the front of the vehicle. Working day and night, the radar sweeps up to 400 feet in front of the vehicle hundreds of times per minute, covering an area of about 35 degrees. The system is able to analyze the radar data to detect a specific "signature" that indicates pedestrians are either about to cross in front of the vehicle or are walking in the vehicle's path.

If the Volkswagen is traveling at a speed between 4 mph and 18.6 mph, and Pedestrian Monitoring detects movement, the system will apply automatic braking to slow or stop the vehicle. If the vehicle is moving between 18.6 mph and 40 mph, Pedestrian Monitoring will use both audible and visual alerts to warn the driver — and then engage automatic braking if the driver doesn't react. The system doesn't operate at speeds over 40 mph.

At this time, Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring is available on all Volkswagen models except the Passat, Jetta, and Beetle. It comes as a standard feature on all trim levels of the Arteon, Atlas, Golf, Golf R, and Golf Alltrack, and includes on all but the introductory trim levels of other VW models. Volkswagen expects that by 2022, Front Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking will be standard on nearly every Volkswagen model.

At Momentum Volkswagen, we take great pride in being your Houston VW dealership. We invite you to contact us if you have any questions, or just want to learn more about how Pedestrian Monitoring makes local roads safer for everyone.

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