At the final presentation of the EU research project HAVEit (Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport), Prof. Dr. J¼rgen Leohold, Executive Director Volkswagen Group Research, has presented the Temporary Auto Pilot by Volkswagen. In short, the drive is monitored by the driver and the car can drive semi-automatically up to a speed of 130km/h on motorways. It represents a link between today’s assistance systems and the vision of fully automatic driving.
Prof. Dr. J¼rgen Leohold added that, An important milestone on the path towards fully automatic and accident-free driving. The Temporary Auto Pilot (TAP) bundles semi-automatic functions, i.e. functions monitored by the driver, with other driver assistance systems, such as ACC adaptive cruise control and the Lane Assist lane-keeping system into one comprehensive function. Nonetheless, the driver always retains driving responsibility and is always in control, continues Leohold. The driver can override or deactivate the system at any time and must continually monitor it.