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Featuring the most driver assistance systems a Volkswagen vehicle has ever seen, the Arteon will take over if the driver ever becomes incapacitated.

Called Emergency Assist 2.0, it is not a fully-autonomous system as it won't transport you to the nearest hospital or continue the journey on its own. Instead, it was designed to recognized if a driver has lost consciousness, attempt to wake them up and failing that, steer itself to a side lane and come to a complete stop. Emergency Assist 2.0 combines existing VW safety features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Side Assist, Lane Assist and Park Assist.

With the use of sensors, the Arteon will take notice if a driver has not made any gas, brake or steering input for a defined length of time. After that, it will attempt to wake the driver with acoustic and visual signals along with a physical brake tap. Failing that, the system will take over and proceed with the emergency stop process: turn on hazard lights, perform gentle steering manoeuvres and bring the vehicle to a stop in the nearside lane when safe to do so.

On roads with multiple lanes, the Arteon will first steer itself to the 'slow' lane in a controlled manner before attempting to stop in the emergency lane or on the roadside.

While the press release doesn't mention this, we can only assume that the vehicle will automatically contact emergency responders once it has come to a complete stop.
 

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If the system does call emergency services, I hope it doesn't require one of those annoying subscriptions because that would pretty much render that feature obsolete.

But the system itself could be useful, some drivers can easily zone out on long boring commutes to and from work, that would be a good time for the car to give them a reminder that they're in a moving vehicle.
 

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911 calls will get answered no matter what. It's a standard across many things, smart devices, cars, the list goes on. It would be wrong for VW to not make it a standard function.
 

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Yeah but they're not going to make it seem like something as simple as "let us give you a feature that calls 911 for you."

It's something like "Look at all of these features that could save your life potentially, and it'll only cost X amount of dollars to keep you alive"
 

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Yeah but they're not going to make it seem like something as simple as "let us give you a feature that calls 911 for you."

It's something like "Look at all of these features that could save your life potentially, and it'll only cost X amount of dollars to keep you alive"
Of course, its a series of escalations and aids to improve our chances of survival in those situations. Odds are if the system detects someone in distress it might prompt some sort of communication that'll make triggering a 911 call easier for the individual.
 
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