Seat – The car that looks out for cyclists

A SEAT engineer and two of his cycling enthusiast friends take to the road to show us how the new driving assistant on the SEAT Tarraco operates to protect riders, as they are involved in 8% of traffic accidents in Europe. This is how it works: -A car with the ability to recognise a bicycle: At the wheel of the SEAT Tarraco, Esteban Alcantara, who is responsible for Active Safety at SEAT, encounters a couple of cyclists travelling in the same direction. When he gets closer to them, „the front mounted elradar detects their presence, and according to the trajectory and speed of both the car and the cyclists, triggers a number of actions to prevent a possible collision“, he says. -Every second counts: When the assistant on the SEAT Tarraco detects an imminent collision in 1.5 or 2 seconds, it activates an audible and visual warning. If the driver does not react, the car automatically begins an emergency braking manoeuvre between 0.8 and 1 second before the possible accident takes place. According to this engineer, in a real driving situation this means that „when driving down a road at 72 km/h, the car would begin to respond approximately 20 metres before a possible collision“, he adds.


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