Many of the driver assist systems in both S3 models come from the big Audi model lines. In the standard Audi pre sense front system, the front camera works with the front radar. This allows the new S models to avoid accidents with other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists in many cases, or at least reduce their severity. The collision avoidance assist is another standard safety system that helps the driver to steer around an obstacle. The standard lane departure warning also performs steering corrections. The turn assist supports the driver when turning left by applying the brakes if a collision with an oncoming vehicle might occur.
The most complex system in the portfolio is the adaptive cruise assist, which can perform many of the tasks of steering, accelerating, and braking for the driver up to speeds of 210 km/h (130.5 mph). It maintains the speed and distance to the vehicle in front and assists with lane guidance by means of gentle interventions in the steering. The adaptive cruise assist is available in the “driver assist package” with MMI navigation plus. The package also includes a capacitive steering wheel that the driver has to touch only gently in order to maintain lateral guidance. Another system in the package is the efficiency assist, which supports a preemptive, fuel-efficient driving style.
The package also includes the high-beam assist and the emergency assist. In addition, it includes the park assist, which can guide the car into parallel and bay parking spaces on its own – all the driver has to do is accelerate, brake, and select the gear. The lane change warning, the exit warning and the cross-traffic assist rear are also useful in urban traffic, while the surround view cameras will follow as an individual option shortly after market launch.
All terms in blue in the text are explained in detail in the technology lexicon at www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/technology-lexicon.
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