THE eighth Volkswagen Passat model sees a new gadget being introduced in the shape of an information display right in front of the driver’s field of vision, the first Volkswagen model to have this innovation.
The display, pops up above the dashboard on the windshield, enabling the driver to keep looking ahead without taking their eyes off the road. Information such as speed, traffic signs as well as data about the various assistance systems are shown on a 10 x 15cm transparent surface which has a resolution of 480 x 240 pixels.
Other information, such as alerts or navigation data, appear on the screen as though it is actually two metres in front of the vehicle, making it easier for the driver to continue focusing on the road ahead, rather than glancing at the dashboard and then having to refocus, meaning there is less time to react at any potential traffic hazard.
To operate the display, drivers simply need to choose which types of information they want displayed via the infotainment system and activate it via a control next to the rotary light switch.
For a price of €560, this option will be available in all Passat models – the Passat Saloon, Passat Variant, Passat Alltrack and Passat GTE (in Comfortline and Highline equipment trims) and is available to order now.