Paris/Ingolstadt, October 1, 2010 – The most important European vehicle safety tester, “European New Car Assessment Programme” (Euro NCAP), has presented the Audi A4 with its coveted “Euro NCAP Advanced” award at the Paris Motor Show. Following the five star rating in the regular “Euro NCAP” crash test program, the Audi A4 has now been rewarded for its Audi side assist lane change assistant. The crash testers are all agreed: The active assistance system supports the driver and can help to prevent accidents.
“Passive and active safety systems have reduced the number of accidents and their effects,” explains Dr. Ulrich Widmann, Head of Vehicle Safety Development at AUDI AG. “The “Euro NCAP Advanced” award for the Audi A4 confirms our approach to increasing convenience and safety with active driver assistance systems.”
At speeds of 30 km/h (18.64 mph) and above, Audi side assist operates with two radar sensors in the rear that observe what is happening behind the car. Should another vehicle be moving on the adjacent lane or approaching at high speed, a yellow LED indicator in the outside mirror housing lights up. If the driver still activates the turn signal to change lanes, the indicator becomes brighter and begins to flash quickly – a signal that is hard to miss.
The "Euro NCAP" crash testers from Brussels have been examining new cars since 1998 and award a maximum of five stars in their safety rating. The "Euro NCAP Advanced" award is presented to systems that help prevent accidents. Audi side assist with the "Euro NCAP Advanced" seal of approval is available on the A4, A5, A6, A7 Sportback, A8, Q5 and Q7 models.