Volkswagen will “democratise safety technology” over the coming years as it leverages economies of scale to develop future technologies. The firm will use existing hardware in order to keep costs down and enable its introduction in smaller and cheaper models.
Revealed as Volkswagen’s 'Vision Zero' concept, these new technologies centre around existing camera, radar and sensor features, and see advancements in lighting technology and in-car wi-fi.
The development of this future technology is particularly significant, as the technology will be introduced across all volume brands owned by the German car maker.
The project centres around 10 technologies, the first of which will be introduced from next year.
Park Assist 3.0 is the third generation of automatic parking and now allows automatic 'nose-in' parking, as well as the reverse parallel and reverse perpendicular bay parking. It can also brake automatically to avoid collisions when reversing out of the bay.
Remote control parking allows a car to park in gaps which are too narrow for the driver to open the doors and exit the vehicle. Volkswagen says the technology, which is still a number of years away from series production, makes it easy to park in small spaces or a garage space at the touch of a smartphone or remote control button.