Volkswagen’s Local Hazard Warning system has been recognized with an Advanced award by Euro NCAP.
The technology, fitted as standard to the Golf 8 and to future ID models, allows cars to communicate with each other, road infrastructure and emergency vehicles, to warn drivers of local safety hazards.
Using ITS-G5 technology, cars can transmit a signal if they are broken down or have stopped suddenly and present a safety risk.
Other manufacturers are considering equipping their vehicles with ITS-G5 technology and it may be possible for drivers to receive advanced warning of motorcycles and tractors in the future.
Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said, “This is an exciting area of safety and one which offers the potential to help road users who have, so far, been difficult to protect, like motorcyclists. It is already on Euro NCAP’s roadmap but its full potential will not be realized until many vehicles are equipped with a compatible system, along with roadside hazards. Volkswagen are to be congratulated for making the technology standard on high-selling vehicles like the Golf.”