VW to expand safety assistance tech for 2016 models

VW to expand safety assistance tech for 2016 models

Volkswagen has announced plans to expand availability of safety-assistance technologies across its broader lineup for the 2016 model year.

The company’s range of technologies now includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert, lane departure warning, park steering assist, park distance control and post-collision braking.

Many of the latest safety features were only available on the Touareg SUV. The technology is now trickling down to the Beetle, CC, Golf variants and Jetta, however the Passat and Tiguan are noticeable omissions from the expansion list.

VW is not alone in first offering its best safety tech in premium models or high trim levels. Safety advocates and government agencies have been pushing for the systems to be mandatory in new vehicles.

The National Transportation Safety Board last month criticized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for making collision-avoidance systems a recommended technology rather than an absolute requirement. The NTSB blames rear-end collisions for 1,700 fatalities and a half million injuries in 2012 alone.

Toyota has led the industry in voluntarily expanding availability, offering collision-avoidance as an independent option — available even on base models — with prices as low as $300.

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