New Passat first VW to offer partially automated driving at cruising speed


The new Passat will make its trade fair debut at the Geneva Motor Show and will introduce new autonomous tech – “Travel Assist” – as a world premiere. Making a parallel debut with saloon and estate versions, VW says that the Passat will be the first Volkswagen that is capable of partially automated driving at any speed (0 to 210 km/h) with this new IQ.DRIVE system. In addition, VW tells us that the new Passat will also be the first brand model worldwide with a capacitive steering wheel. This detects touch by the driver, providing an interactive interface to systems such as Travel Assist. Another new feature in the Passat is “Emergency Steering Assist”, which increases safety when performing evasive manoeuvres by means of braking interventions.

The third generation of VW’s Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) also has its debut alongside the new Passat. App Connect – the interface for integrating smartphone apps – offers wireless integration of iPhone apps via Apple CarPlay for the first time at Volkswagen. The Passat can now be permanently online via MIB3, because the new Infotainment systems come with an integrated SIM card as standard. As well as improved navigation-related services with real-time information, this encompasses new technologies, says VW, and offers music streaming services, Internet radio, natural (online-based) voice control, seamless use of “Volkswagen We” online services and future cloud-based portable vehicle settings. It will also be possible to use the first smartphones as a “mobile key” for opening and starting the Passat.

Pre-sales of the new Passat will start in the first countries in May. The market launch will take place in September (Germany).