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Active & Passive Safety Devices

Active safety technologies on Audi and Volkswagen vehicles include:

  • Anti-Lock Brake System — Enables steering control while braking
  • Anti-Slip Regulation — Prevents loss of wheel traction
  • Electronic Differential Lock — Permits smooth starts on uneven surfaces
  • Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution — Maximizes braking power
  • Electronic Stability Control — Reduces skidding and rollovers
  • Engine Braking Assist — Prevents skidding on slippery surfaces
  • Hydraulic Brake Assistant  — Shortens braking distance

Electronic stability control is standard on all our models as of 2009, ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2012 mandate. This feature has the potential to save 9,600 lives and prevent up to 238,000 injuries in all types of crashes annually. Audi introduced electronic stability control to the U.S. market in 1999.

Advanced active safety features are optional on some models:

  • Lane Assist — Monitors traffic lines on the pavement and assists the driver to stay in the lane by giving the appropriate warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control — Monitors the distance to vehicles in front via radar
  • Side Assist System — Monitors rear and side blind spots
  • High Beam Assist — Activates and lowers high beams automatically
  • Dynamic Adaptive Headlights — Sweep around to follow curves
  • Night Vision — Scans for pedestrians, warns driver with light and sound
  • Back-Up Camera — Makes parking and reversing easier
  • Voice Activation — Offers a more personalized way to interface in a hands-free mode
  • Pre Sense Basic — Activates basic preventive occupant protection systems
  • Pre Sense Front — Monitors traffic, warns the driver, increases braking force
  • Pre Sense Rear — Scans traffic, moves seats into safest position, inflates seat sides
  • Pre Sense Plus — Activates braking guard, prompts hard braking

Passive safety features are design measures taken to protect the occupants of vehicles from injury or to reduce the risk of injury. These features include:

  • Standard driver- and passenger-side front airbags*
  • Side-impact head and thorax airbags*
  • Safety belt pre-tensioners for front seat and rear seat occupants
  • High-strength safety design for improved crash performance

* Airbags are supplemental restraints only and will not deploy under all crash circumstances. Always use safety belts and seat children only in the rear, using restraint systems appropriate for their size and age.