A Continental-supplied long range radar (advanced radar sensor, ARS 410) detects pedestrians at a distance of up to 170 metres. It is fitted as standard in the new VW Tiguan.

"It's important to react quickly and safely in critical and confusing situations. The driver is supported by our radar technology," said Karlheinz Haupt, head of Continental's driver assistance systems business unit. "With pedestrian detection based on radar alone, VW and Continental have taken one step further towards the prevention of serious accidents - because even a pedestrian who is partially concealed by a vehicle can be detected by our radar."

Professor Dr. Stefan Gies, head of car chassis development at the Volkswagen adds: "With the new Tiguan, VW and Continental have succeeded in taking a further important step towards accident prevention. Thanks to the use of this serially-produced, high-resolution radar with advanced emergency braking in a volume segment, we have made a significant contribution to the improvement of road safety. And for a little extra cost, we can also offer customers additional radar-based comfort functions, such as the automatic distance control ACC (adaptive cruise control)."

The radar sensor is installed in the front grille right behind the VW badge. The radar differentiates between static and moving objects. Thanks to its wide field of view it not only detects other vehicles, but even pedestrians for the first time. A major claimed advantage is its "robustness in adverse weather conditions such as fog, drizzle, or glare from the sun".

Conti says that "as a driver, you can just sit back and let it do its job" because the "intelligent, radar-based adaptive cruise control makes this possible". Events on the road ahead are continuously monitored and the distance to the vehicle in front is automatically adjusted, without the driver needing to make constant distance corrections.