German OEMs expand use of connected technologies on new models

Increased adoption of traffic jam assist and traffic sign assist systems



Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class

 The following report outlines feature availability on new models that were launched in Europe by Daimler, BMW, and VW in and after the fall of 2013. A number of new models have employed advanced driving assist systems and internet connection technologies through onboard devices or smartphones.

 The features that have been increasingly available include the traffic jam assist which maintains the preset distance from the preceding vehicle and keeps the vehicle in its lane in dense traffic, and the traffic sign assist that detects certain road signs and displays them on the onboard screen. As for the visibility equipment, the BMW i8 was the first model worldwide to offer the laser headlights.

Advanced equipment made available by Daimler, BMW, and VW on their new models launched in Europe in and after fall 2013

Driving stability
(including fuel efficiency)
Drive select M-Benz C-Class, BMW i3/2 Series Coupe/i8, MINI,
VW Passat, SEAT Leon X-Perience, Audi TT
Brake energy regeneration BMW 2 Series Coupe, VW Passat, Skoda Fabia, Audi TT
Visibility Laser headlights BMW i8
Collision safety Automatic post-collision
braking system
VW Passat, SEAT Leon X-Perience, Skoda Fabia
Surround view M-Benz C-Class, BMW i8, VW Passat
Traffic sign assist M-Benz C-Class, BMW i3/2 Series Coupe/i8, MINI,
VW Passat, Audi TT
Traffic jam assist BMW i3, VW Passat
Comfort/convenience Digital instrument cluster BMW i3/i8, VW Passat, Audi TT
Remote access via smartphone M-Benz C-Class, BMW i3/i8, VW Passat

(Note) Only the gasoline-fueled models are cited as the cars on which the brake energy regeneration is available (excluding electric vehicles and plug-in-hybrids).

Related Reports:
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  Features on new Hyundai/Kia models: Genesis uses multiple active safety systems (Mar. 2014)
  German OEMs roll-out advanced driving assistance systems (Nov. 2013)
  New European models' specifications: PSA, Renault, Fiat, GM, Ford and Volvo (Jan. 2014)

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