The prize in the “Innovations and Environment” category was rewarded to Volkswagen thanks to their multi collision brake. The “Car for the future” was presented to the Passat TSI EcoFuel for its tremendous economy.
Multi collision brakes
The new multi collision brake otherwise known as the MKB is all set to be installed within the brand new generation Golf next year. It’s a brand new peace of technology which is sure to set standards across the industry.
It works by automatically initialising the brakes if there is a collision. The chances of further serious damage occurring is greatly minimised thanks to this intelligent braking system.
Recent studies in Germany prove that around ¼ of all car accidents involve the vehicles following up and colliding with another vehicle. The mutli collision brakes were designed to prevent incidents such as these.
They have been tested by Volkswagen themselves and proved to be quite effective. The actual tests involved strong impacts with crash barriers and at various angles too.
The multi collision brake system is an overall very sophisticated system. The airbag electronic module indicates whether the brakes themselves need to be utilised by discovering whether the car has been involved in a collision. How? They monitor the accelerometers, the tension of the seatbelts, use of any airbags and door sensors. The speed that the car brakes at is down the results sent to the Electronic Control Module. However the brakes are not dominant over the driver’s actions. They are able to brake or accelerate as normal during such an event.
Volkswagen Passat TSI EcoFuel
The Volkswagen Passat TSI EcoFuel as mentioned before won the ADAC trophy. It has been around since 2009 is one the market leader in terms of vehicles that run on natural gas. The car is able to take either petrol or natural gas. The main benefits of the car are its economic benefits, producing just 117 g/km and very low fuel consumption. Other reasons of how the car managed to secure the award were by displaying great levels of safety and practicality.