Volkswagen Announces Van Safety Partnership

Volkswagen Announces Van Safety Partnership

Volkswagen Announces Van Safety Partnership

VW is setting out to showcase the capabilities and importance of the safety features offered by its LCV range as part of its involvement with the Driving for Better Business scheme.

DBB is a project operated by Highways England and various campaign groups which focuses on the need to raise awareness about commercial vehicle safety and the technologies that are coming into play at the moment.

Spokesperson Simon Turner said that Volkswagen was paving the way for wider involvement from other manufacturers by affirming its commitment to the cause. He also praised the fact that autonomous emergency braking capabilities have been a standard feature of all VW vans sold since June this year.

Of course, it is not enough to simply add AEB to vans and expect this to be a selling point in its own right. VW is setting out to showcase just how effective the system is at a number of events run in conjunction with DBB organisers and partners.

There have already been demonstrations of the autonomous braking technology at a pair of recent meetings, with two more scheduled to take place next March.

The idea is to provide fleet managers with first-hand experiences in which autonomous braking has been deployed effectively. This is not just about improving safety but also reducing costs and maintaining the reputation of businesses that are concerned about the issues surrounding van use in the UK.

VW representative Sarah Cox said that her firm was keen to highlight the advantages that are available as part of its latest van line-up, especially since safety is something that has become an increasingly prominent topic in recent years.

With industry awards and rising sales under its belt, the German automaker is sitting in a solid position at the moment. And by leading the way with specialised safety features, it is doing even more to stand out from the crowd.

From the compact Caddy to the iconic Transporter and the all-new Crafter panel van, there is much more to the included autonomous emergency braking than simple impact-avoidance at slow speeds in an urban environment.

This system also comes into play during motorway journeys, keeping a lookout for the vehicle in front and measuring the distance in real time so that the driver can be alerted if they get too close at any point.

In addition, there is the post-collision braking system to consider, which helps the van to respond correctly after an impact if the driver does not apply the brakes themselves or is incapable of doing so for any reason.

None of these systems will interfere with the driver’s level of control over the van but rather act as useful and potentially life-saving aids that still ensure that day-to-day usability is not compromised.

After the emissions scandal hit in 2015, there were concerns that VW would struggle to rebuild its reputation. The acclaim it has received this year has put paid to such assumptions.

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