The assistant also plays an essential role for other driver assistance functions where it is important that the vehicle does not start rolling away of its own accord when the driver has already exited the function. The Electronic Parking Brake is therefore combined with the Auto Hold Function to prevent the vehicle from unintentionally rolling away when at a standstill or when setting off on a hill, making this safer and more convenient for the driver, who does not need to continually apply the brakes. Incidentally, it will be possible to use Dynamic Hill Start Assist for hill starts in future – allowing the driver simply to drive off without having to release the Electronic Parking Brake first.
“The Electronic Parking Brake has evolved from a mere replacement for the mechanical parking brake into a key component of the driver assistance systems. It is now also available in vehicles in the Golf and Polo classes, and is therefore well-suited to Volkswagen’s strategy of democratizing driver assistance systems,” explains developer Holger Hagedorn.