No other model within this segment currently provides as many driver assistance systems as the Audi Q7. Some of them are standard equipment, and optional solutions are available either individually or in the packages City, Parking and Tour. In the Tour package, MMI navigation plus is connected to MMI touch.
The standard Driver Information System already includes the break recommendation, which analyzes driving behavior and warns the driver when clues suggest that the concentration of the driver is failing. Other standard amenities are the start assist, cruise control, adjustable speed limitation device, parking aid and the security systems Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense city.
The City Assistance Package
The lane change assistant, Audi side assist (also available separately), is a system included in the City assistance package. It supports the driver when changing lanes at a speed of above 15 km / h, using two rear radar sensors which are able to measure approximately 70 metres.
If another vehicle is moving in the blind spot or approaching rapidly, a warning LED will light up in the casing of the relevant exterior mirror. If the driver nevertheless activates the turn signal, the LED will flash several times in quick succession.
The Audi side assist is connected to the system Audi pre sense rear, which initiates protective measures to prevent an imminent rear-end collision. The Audi pre sense rear is also active in the background when using Audi side assist, with the exception of the trailer operation.
With the aid of rear radar sensors, the intersection assistant warns the driver of any critically identified vehicles ahead when reversing slowly, for example when exiting a perpendicular parking space. The indication is given on a sliding scale - visually on the MMI monitor, acoustically and also optionally via a warning jolt.
The exit warning comes into play as soon as the Audi Q7 has stopped. If vehicles and bicycles are then approaching from behind, the exit warning warns the driver and all passengers when opening the door. The system uses the LED light guide from the light package in the doors to give this warning - the high power LEDs flicker in red if a dangerous situation is detected. After switching off the ignition, the exit warning remains on standby for about three minutes.
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The exit warning in the Audi Q7
Tour Assistance Package
The adaptive cruise control (ACC) plays the leading role in the Tour assistance package. It maintains the distance between the new Audi Q7 and the vehicle ahead, and the driver can adjust the distance and the dynamics of regulation in several stages.
The system, which primarliy uses the front left radar sensors, covers the full speed range from 0 to 250 km / h. Its Stop&Go function decelerates the Audi Q7 to a standstill and allows it to start again automatically at the command of the driver. When the ACC is deactivated, it shows the distance to the vehicle ahead from a speed of 60 km / h speed and warns against tailgating. The driver can set his desired distance.
The safety system Audi pre sense front is on board together with the adaptive cruise control. It aids in avoiding rear-end collisions and minimizing their consequences. In a dangerous situation, the system prompts the driver to brake using a differentiated warning concept - with visual and audible signals as well as a brake jerk. If the driver does not react, firstly a partial delay will take place followed by a full delay - provided that the vehicle in front is moving. The system also tightens the seatbelts and initiates the pre sense basic measures. Audi pre sense front is functional even when the adaptive cruise control is switched off.
Audi active lane assist, a further system of the Tour assistance package, can help the driver to stay in lane at speeds of 65 km / h and above. It observes the lines on the road using a video camera and also uses additional data. When the new Audi Q7 approcahes a road marking without indicating, the system helps the driver to stay on track using a gentle intervention in the electromechanical power steering.
The driver can choose whether he wants to be supported continuously or just for a short period before crossing the lane marking. If he opts for the early intervention, the system will lead him into the centre of the lane. In addition, there is an adjustable steering wheel vibration. The Audi active lane assist is also available separately.
The swerve assistant and the turning assistant complement the Tour assistance package. The swerve assistant supports the driver when the new Q7 has to drive around an obstacle in order to avoid an accident. Using data from video camera and radar sensors, it calculates a suitable path immediately, taking into account the spacing, width and offset of the vehicle in front. The first action is a warning jolt, which alerts the driver to the danger. If the driver then turns, the system helps him to control the drive around the obstacle using a torque intervention in the power steering.
The turning assistant monitors oncoming traffic when turning left at a low speed. In a dangerous situation, it will slow the Q7 to a standstill. This intervention causes the Audi Q7 to remain in the same lane. The system is active at speeds of between two and ten km / h when the driver activates the turn signal to turn left.
Parking Assistance Package
This includes the parking assist system (also available separately), which almost automatically directs the new Audi Q7 using twelve ultrasonic sensors for parallel and perpendicular parking spaces and also when exiting parallel parking spaces. In addition, the package includes surrounding cameras. They display different views from the direct surroundings of the car on the MMI monitor, including a virtual top view and 180-degree images of the front and rear. These are very useful when navigating unclear exits or also from behind in combination with the intersection assistants.