What is VW Lane Assist?

October 29th, 2015 by

The 2016 Volkswagen vehicle lineup has a lot of new technology, including the addition of driver assistance features for select models. We have previously gone over some of these features to give drivers an idea of how they can provide another level of safety on the road. One of these features more widely available for new models this year is Lane Departure Warning or Lane Assist. So what is VW Lane Assist, exactly?

Depending on the equipped model, a camera in the rear view mirror will keep track of the lane markings and assist if it seems the vehicle is unintentionally moving out of it’s lane. The system can be turned on and off by the driver and the driver can override the system at any time. Lane Assist will work when the vehicle is traveling over 40 miles per hour and only when the lane markings are clearly visible to the camera. Lane Assist is standard on the 2016 CC V6 4Motion Executive and most trims of the 2016 Touarag. The system is also available on select trim levels of the 2016 Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, and Golf SportWagen.

Lane Assist on the 2016 VW Touareg

The Touareg was actually previously equipped with Lane Assist, though the system works a bit differently here than on other models. This feature monitors the lane markings to make sure the vehicle is staying in it’s lane. If the system senses the vehicle is moving out of its lane, there will be a visual warning on the center display as well as vibration in the steering wheel to alert the driver. The center display also has a visual of the vehicle and its position in the lane so the driver can keep track of how well the vehicle is staying on track.

Lane Assist on the 2016 VW CC, Passat, and Golf Family

Lane Assist on equipped CC, Passat, and Golf family trims works differently than the system does on the Touareg. The system still keeps track of the lane markings in the same way and features the same visuals on the center display. Lane Assist on these models, however, will actually offer a little more assistance when the vehicle seems to be unintentionally moving out of it’s lane.

If the system senses the vehicle may cross over into another lane, it will actually gently steer the vehicle back on course. If after a short time the driver is still not actively steering, the system will provide an audio and visual warning that the driver should take over steering.

Below you can see a video which details how Lane Assist works on one of the European Golf models, which should give you a good idea of how it functions on some of the equipped 2016 models. If you would like to learn more about Lane Assist or any other driver assistance features for new Volkswagen vehicles, feel free to reach out to our staff here at Jennings Volkswagen or contact a VW dealer in your area.