Time to breathe – new technologies save fuel
Verena Stoll is a hobby climber and is driving her Beetle to the Kaisergebirge mountains in Austria. That’s a real adventure in the old banger. More troubling for her is the amount of gasoline the Beetle guzzles, making it far from eco-friendly.
Verena won’t have to worry about that for much longer – perhaps only until she gets her next car. Innovative technologies such as electromobility and hybrid drives are becoming more common and reducing fuel consumption.
There are even big changes afoot among combustion engines. Cutting-edge engine management sensors deliver greater efficiency. This means Verena will not have to go all the way to the mountains in the future to find time to breathe.
Technology for cleaner air
Time to breathe – what would you do? #wwud
Full breaking – predictive pedestrian protection detects danger
Verena is running late for her trip. She is racing through town. Suddenly, a pedestrian steps into the road! She slams on the brakes, comes to an abrupt stop, and falls back into her seat.
Before Verena even has a chance to get out of her car, the pedestrian is long gone. In the worst case, this carelessness could have cost them both more than just the weekend. A quick deep breath, then her drive to the mountains can continue – but a little more slowly, for safety’s sake.
Soon, state-of-the-art cars will be able to see pedestrians before the driver does. Thanks to a stereo video camera, predictive pedestrian protection gives a warning or initiates an emergency stop in good time.
An eye on pedestrians
Navigating urban traffic safely – what would you do? #wwud
Freedom while driving – traffic jam assistant takes over in stop
Out of the city at last! But because of the rush-hour traffic, it’s time for some stop-and-go driving. The old Beetle’s imprecise clutch and stubborn gears make this not exactly fun.
Verena’s mind is already in the Kaisergebirge mountains, picturing the next climbing hold and smelling the fresh mountain air. But that doesn’t last long. Brake, re-start, accelerate... The traffic jam seems endless, and demands her full attention.
Not so in state-of-the-art cars. When fitted with a traffic jam assistant, these can take over the starting, accelerating, and braking. The driver can concentrate on other things, which would allow Verena to go through her climb again in her head.
No traffic jam stress
Effortlessly through traffic jams – what would you do? #wwud
Safety first – predictive navigation warns before bends
The traffic jam is never-ending, so Verena decides to leave the freeway and take a minor road instead. This may be quieter, but it is a full of bends, the surface is poor, and it isn’t well signposted.
Verena has to brake hard before bends and corner sharply. This pushes the Beetle’s chassis dangerously close to its limits. This slows her down – but when it comes to driving, safety has to come first.
Everything would be so much less stressful with a predictive navigation system. This technology informs the driver of speed limits and gives a warning before sharp bends. If only the Beetle had that already!
Enjoy switchbacks @IAA 2013
Arrive earlier – what would you do? #wwud
Electronic guardian angel – eCall automatically calls for help
Not much further to the Kaisergebirge mountains. Suddenly, there is a warning triangle on the road. A few meters on, Verena sees an accident at the side of the road. She stops to help the driver. He lost control and left the road as he swerved to avoid a deer.
Although Verena has already called the emergency services several times, it takes ages for the paramedics to arrive.
They’ll be on the scene much quicker in the future, because eCall will be compulsory in all cars in the EU from 2015. The emergency call system is activated by the same sensors that also deploy the airbag.
A friend in need @IAA 2013
Time for what’s important – what would you do? #wwud
The mountain in sight – entertainment system reacts to commands
After the accident Verena just witnessed, a bit of music would provide some welcome distraction. As she drives on, she hunts around in the glove compartment for the cassette with her favorite song, while still trying to keep one eye on the traffic.
Finally she finds the tape – but what’s this? It’s all tangled up! That’s a thing of the past with cutting-edge entertainment systems, and drivers can now even use voice commands to select the next song while their hands stay firmly on the wheel.
Even before the song is finished, the Kaisergebirge mountains come into sight. Verena is quite tired from the journey, but the breathtaking view gives her a second wind. Let the climbing begin!
Music on demand @IAA 2013
Arrive relaxed – what would you do? #wwud