It’s no secret that Volkswagen is constantly looking ahead to find the next innovation around the bend, particularly when it comes to safety. Shoppers at our VW dealer in MD are already familiar with many of the automaker’s advanced safety features, including active systems that help drivers to stay alert and in control.
One standout feature is the available Front Assist system with Autonomous Emergency Braking, a system which automatically applies brake pressure when a potential collision is detected—even if the driver doesn’t notice the obstruction or take action immediately.
Advanced extras like these are constantly drawing MD drivers in to test drive a VW with us, but the automaker isn’t content to stop moving forward. So as we look ahead at the potential for fully autonomous vehicles, what does Volkswagen have up its sleeve?
Industry experts often take note of patents or trademarks that companies are registering, using the information to get a bit of a sneak peek at what could be around the bend. VW Vortex recently reported on a design patented by Volkswagen in Germany, which shines some light on the company’s innovative take toward autonomy on the road.
The contents of the patent include a system that will allow drivers to input guidance for the autonomous system without disengaging self-driving mode. To do so, drivers will use a touch-sensitive control panel anchored in the top of the gearshift knob.
Using tap and swipe gestures—similar to those that are common on existing touchscreen devices—drivers would be able to input instructions, as it were, to guide the vehicle. The vehicle may even request driver guidance in certain situations, such as deciding whether to pass a slow moving vehicle.
While there’s no confirmation in the patent on which Volkswagen vehicles this feature may first appear in, it certainly attests to VW’s constant passion for moving forward. To learn more about existing autonomous technologies in the Volkswagen lineup, including innovative active safety features, be sure to contact us online or to call the Pohanka Volkswagen team at (301) 808-7100 today!