What Is Pedestrian Monitoring and How Does it Work?

By Product Expert | Posted in For Fun, Technology on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at 9:04 am
Man crossing the street in front of a pedestrian monitoring car

Cars are packed with a lot of high-end technology features. Our cars do a lot of work for us, which is nice. All of the safety features and entertainment packages create a unique feeling when you’re driving around in a brand-new car.

Some people might be curious about how some of these safety features work. One of the most advanced features that many newer cars have is pedestrian monitoring. Life in the city can be crowded and someone might step out in front of your car with no warning. If your car has pedestrian monitoring, then it will do its best to stop and avoid an accident. So, how does your car know to stop?

How Does Pedestrian Monitoring Work?

Pedestrian monitoring is a great feature to have in a car. It makes sharing the road with pedestrians so much easier, especially with how packed Los Angeles can be. How does it work in your Volkswagen vehicle? Well, it all starts with a little a sensor that sits behind the Volkswagen emblem on your car. This little sensor is what operates the pedestrian monitoring system.

Visualization of how pedestrian monitoring works

2019 VW Arteon interior shot

This sensor has a range of about 400ft in front of your vehicle. It is reading for a specific “signature” for pedestrians in the vehicle’s path. If you are traveling between around 4 and 19 mph, then the system will automatically apply the brakes to slow or stop itself. If you are traveling up to 40 mph, then visual and audio alerts will notify the driver that they need to take action. It is important to note that it will not work above 40 mph and certain weather may affect how well it works.


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Volkswagen Vehicles in Los Angeles, CA

There are a few vehicles under the VW banner that have pedestrian monitoring. You can stop by our dealership to find out which one fits your needs. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.

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