What is Volkswagen Rear Traffic Alert?

December 17th, 2015 by

Probably one of the most exciting things about the 2016 Volkswagen lineup is the wide-spread availability of driver assistance technology. Now, we’ve gone over quite a few of these available features to help you understand what each system is meant to do and how. One feature we haven’t really gone over is the Rear Traffic Alert, which works alongside the Blind Spot Monitor. So, what is Volkswagen Rear Traffic Alert, exactly? This system is actually very self-explanatory. When an equipped vehicle is in reverse, the system basically monitors behind the vehicle for oncoming traffic and stationary objects, and will audibly and visually let the driver know if there is something there.

How Does Rear Traffic Alert Work?

The Rear Traffic Alert system uses the sensors from the Blind Spot Monitor to check both behind the vehicle and along the rear side areas where oncoming vehicles may be. The sensor range is pretty broad, about 65 feet for most vehicles and possibly further depending on the model. To engage the system, the vehicle can either be put into reverse or the driver can turn on Park Distance Control. The sensors will monitor within the range and if there’s a stationary object or oncoming vehicle, there will be an audible warning as well as a visual cue on the instrument cluster. To stop the alert, the driver just needs to press on the brake.

The Rear Traffic Alert system comes standard on the 2016 CC V6 4Motion Executive, Beetle SEL, Beetle Convertible SEL, Jetta GLI, Jetta Hybrid, and all 2016 Touareg trims except the Sport. This feature is also available in the driver assistance package for the 2016 Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, and Passat. If you would like to learn more about Rear Traffic Alert or any other driver assistance systems for new Volkswagen vehicles, reach out to our staff here at Jennings Volkswagen or contact a VW dealer near you.