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VW Passat B8 Owner's Manual ➜ Driving assistant (Travel Assist)

The system behaves differently than expected  
How to know if the vehicle has Travel Assist  
The vehicle has Travel Assist if the multifunction  
steering wheel has the button  
— Periodically clean the field of vision of the  
camera and keep it clean, free of snow and ice.  
indications on the screen  
— Do not cover the field of view of the camera.  
— Check that the windscreen is not damaged by the area  
of the camera's field of view.  
— Do not mount any object on the steering wheel.  
If you have any doubts or questions, contact a specialized  
driving assistant  
(Travel Assist)  
Introduction to the topic  
Fig. 142 On the instrument panel screen: display with  
active regulation.  
The driving assistant (Travel Assist) combines  
adaptive cruise control (ACC) and the adaptive lane  
guidance function. Within the limitations of the system,  
the vehicle can maintain a distance from the preceding  
vehicle preselected by the driver and remain in the  
preferred position within the lane.  
1 The adaptive lane guidance function is  
2 Adjusted distance, no vehicle is detected ahead.  
In addition, control lamps indicate the status of the system  
on the instrument panel display:  
Active Travel Assist, adaptive cruise control and  
adaptive lane guidance are active.  
Travel Assist uses the same sensors as Adaptive Cruise  
Control (ACC) and Lane Assist. Therefore, please read  
Active Travel Assist, active adaptive cruise control  
and passive adaptive lane guidance.  
the information on ACC carefully ÿ p. 165 and Lane Assist  
ÿ p. 176 and note the limitations of the systems and the  
instructions given there.  
Active Travel Assist, passive adaptive cruise  
control and active adaptive lane guidance.  
Active Travel Assist, adaptive cruise control and  
Speed range Travel  
passive adaptive lane guidance.  
Assist regulates speeds between approx. 30 km/h (approx.  
20 mph) and approx. 210 km/h (approx. 130 mph); in the  
Active Travel Assist  
case of the adaptive lane guidance function, between 0 km/  
h (0 mph) and approx. 250 km/h (approx. 155 mph). This  
range may vary depending on the market.  
Driver intervention request  
If you take your hands off the steering wheel, after a few  
seconds the system prompts you to take over the steering  
with an indication on the instrument panel display and  
acoustic warnings.  
Driving with Travel Assist  
Travel Assist automatically controls the accelerator pedal,  
brakes and steering. In addition, Travel Assist can, within  
If you do not react to this request, the system warns you by  
causing a brief jerk on the brakes and a brief tightening of  
the belt. The Travel Assist is then switched off or the  
Emergency Assist is switched on (depending on equipment).  
its limitations, accelerate the vehicle to a stop behind a  
stopped vehicle and automatically resume driving.  
You can override the Travel Assist setting at any time.  
Driver assistance systems  
Manage the Travel Assist  
The intelligent technology of Travel Assist cannot overcome  
Please note on  
page 178.  
at the beginning of this chapter,  
the limits imposed by the laws of physics and only works within  
the limits of the system. If the Travel Assist is used carelessly or  
inadvertently, accidents and serious injuries may occur. The  
system cannot replace the driver's attention.  
· Be aware of system limitations and guidance on Adaptive  
Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Assist.  
· Always adapt your speed and distance from the vehicle in  
front according to visibility, weather, road and traffic  
· Never use Travel Assist in poor visibility, on steep, curvy or  
slippery sections (eg in the event of snow, ice, rain or loose  
gravel), or on flooded roads.  
Fig. 143 Left side of the multifunction steering wheel:  
buttons for operating Travel Assist.  
· Never use the Travel Assist off-road or on roads that are not  
firm ground. Travel Assist is intended for use on paved roads  
To connect  
— Press the key  
of the multifunction steering wheel.  
The control indicator lights up green. In addition, a warning  
The Travel Assist does not react to people or  
appears on the instrument panel display. Travel Assist maintains  
the current speed and the preset distance to the vehicle ahead. At  
animals, or before vehicles that cross each other or that are  
approaching from the opposite direction in the same lane.  
the same time, if it detects road markings, it keeps the vehicle in  
the lane by moving the steering wheel.  
Brake immediately if Travel Assist does not re  
Slow down enough.  
· Brake immediately when a warning is displayed.  
Brake indication on the instrument panel display.  
stop regulation  
— Briefly press the brake button.  
or step on the foot pedal  
· Brake when, after an indication to brake, the vehicle rolls  
without this being desired.  
The set distance remains saved.  
· Always keep your hands on the wheel so you can control the  
direction at all times.  
Making other settings  
Otherwise, Travel Assist is operated like ACC ÿ p. 168.  
The driver is always responsible for keeping the vehicle in  
its lane.  
· If the instrument cluster display requests driver intervention,  
immediately take control of the vehicle.  
Problems and solutions  
· Always be prepared to regulate yourself my  
my speed  
Please note on  
page 178.  
at the beginning of this chapter,  
Travel Assist is not available or does not work as expected  
— There is a fault in the sensors. Check the causes and  
solutions described in the ACC chapters ÿ p. 169 or Lane  
Assist ÿ p. 177.  
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— System limits are exceeded.  
driving assistant  
— If the problem persists, go to a specialized workshop  
Shortly after actively regulating the emergency assist, the  
emergency flashers are switched on to warn other road users.  
Take control of the direction  
In vehicles with lane change assistant (Side Assist) and  
The warning lamp lights up white or red, depending on the  
urgency of your intervention.  
assisted parking system (Park Assist), the following maneuver  
is also possible: if the emergency assistant has detected ideal  
conditions, within its limitations it can steer the vehicle to the  
side lane or shoulder and to have it completely. Once the vehicle  
has stopped, the parking brake is automatically engaged.  
Also, a message is displayed.  
— You have released the steering wheel for a few seconds.  
Grab the steering wheel and take control of the vehicle.  
— System limits have been reached. Grab the steering wheel and  
take control of the vehicle.  
electronic control ÿ p. 185.  
Travel Assist switches off automatically  
The regulation of the system can be canceled at any time by  
moving the steering wheel or pressing a pedal.  
Vehicles without Emergency Assist You have let go of the  
wheel for long enough.  
— Malfunction. Go to a special workshop  
— Lane Departure Assist (Lane As  
syst) and adaptive cruise control (ACC) are engaged.  
Regulation is interrupted unexpectedly  
— You have turned on the blinker.  
— The selector lever is in the D/S position or in the  
Tiptronic selection track.  
— The system has detected a lane boundary line on both sides  
of the vehicle.  
emergency assistant  
(Emergency Assist)  
Switching the emergency assistant on and off (Emergency  
The emergency assistant (Emergency Assist) is always activated  
when the ignition is switched on if the necessary requirements  
are met.  
Emergency Assist can detect driver inactivity and keep  
the vehicle in its lane, bringing it to a complete stop if  
necessary. In this way the system can actively help to avoid  
an accident or to reduce its consequences.  
The regulation of the system can be canceled at any time by  
moving the steering wheel or pressing a pedal.  
The intelligent technology of the emergency assistant  
(Emergency Assist) cannot overcome the limits imposed by  
Emergency Assist combines the functions of Lane Departure  
Warning Assist (Lane Assist) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).  
physical laws and only works within the limits of the system.  
The driver is always responsible for driving the vehicle.  
Read and observe the instructions and information on these  
systems, especially regarding their limitations.  
· Always adapt the speed and the safety distance with respect  
to the preceding vehicle depending on the visibility, weather,  
road and traffic conditions.  
If the assistant for emergencies (Emergency Assist) detects that  
the driver is not carrying out any activity, it asks him to take  
control of the vehicle. To do this, it emits optical and acoustic  
warnings and triggers braking jerks.  
· The emergency attendant cannot always prevent accidents  
and serious injuries by itself.  
If the cruise control radar sensor  
(ACC) or the Lane Assist camera are covered or out of  
adjustment, the system may intervene on the brakes or  
steering inopportunely.  
Depending on equipment, if the driver is still inactive, the seat  
belt tightens to keep the driver in position. The system brakes the  
vehicle and keeps it in its lane.  
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