Innovative assistance systems. The new ID. Buzz is one of the most progressive vehicles of its class. This fact is reflected par excellence in the range of the driver assist systems. Many of the systems are included as standard. For example, Car2X (utilises swarm data to enable warnings to be given of dangers in the immediate vicinity), Front Assist with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring (surrounding area monitoring system with emergency braking function), PreCrash occupant protection (including tensioning of safety belts in an emergency), and, in the case of the ID. Buzz Pro, Dynamic Road Sign Display and Lane Assist. Available as options are the two newest systems: Travel Assist with swarm data utilisation and assisted lane changing, and Park Assist Plus with memory function for automated parking. The two new systems in detail:
Travel Assist with swarm data utilisation. Until now the optional Travel Assist used solely the infrared sensors, radar sensors and camera sensors, plus the navigation data for its assisted forwards and sideways guidance. As soon as the driver enables Travel Assist via a button on the multifunction steering wheel and sets a desired speed, the Volkswagen is able to keep to that speed, to react automatically to any speed limits and to vehicles ahead of it and, within its system’s limits, to follow the lane of its own accord (adaptive lane guidance). Up until now the left and right lane boundaries needed to be identified for this active lane guidance. If swarm data is available, the ID. Buzz is able via Travel Assist to stay in its lane even when there is only one lane boundary present. To do this, Travel Assist with swarm data utilisation retrieves the data from other vehicles in the near vicinity anonymously transferred to a back-end system (server) in order to integrate this into the lane guidance. The adaptive lane guidance is thus able to assist even under difficult conditions with only one lane boundary. The utilisation of swarm data also makes assisted lane changing possible for the first time on the motorway: here at speeds of 90 km/h or above Travel Assist offers the driver an automated lane change on the digital cockpit display if the vehicle’s relevant surrounding area is clear. If the driver then flicks the indicator, the ID. Buzz is able to carry out the change of lane of its own accord. During this process, however, the driver remains responsible for what happens.
Park Assist Plus remembers the way. Park Assist Plus is a well-known Volkswagen system. Literally at the press of a button, it facilitates automatic parking into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces. If desired, the ID. Buzz can also weave its way back out of parallel parking spaces. The driver merely has to monitor what's going on, but no longer has to personally steer, brake or accelerate. The new Park Assist Plus with memory function goes one step further: with this system the driver is able to save individual parking manoeuvres, which thereafter the vehicle executes automatically – for example, driving into the garage or into a carport. It works like this: the parking process must be manually carried out once by the driver at a speed of under 40 km/h; even changes of direction are possible. In appropriately enabled mode, Park Assist Plus remembers the route taken, which can be up to 50 metres long. At the end of this learning phase, the driver presses a button to save it. All done! Five different parking manoeuvres can be saved in the system. The really clever thing is: if the ID. Buzz recognises one of the saved scenarios, it automatically offers assisted parking.