2013 Skoda Octavia Lane Assist Explained

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Having a system that keeps you from crossing into the opposite is pretty much expected on something like a Mercedes S-Class, but when that's been fitted on a regular family car, we find that unexpected and pleasantly surprising.
Size has always been the Octavia's main selling point. It's bigger than a Golf, so you can take lots of people and their luggage with you. But you want to keep those people as safe as possible, and that's where the new "Lane Assistant" comes in.

Just like on the new Golf VII, there's a caner-abased detection system mounted behind the rearview mirror. It scans the road and finds the white lines, actively steering you away from danger. But when you make an active choice to change lane or overtake somebody, the system notices what you're doing and deactivates itself.

"The lane departure warning assistant lowers the risk of inadvertently leaving the lane. It supports drivers of the new Octavia especially on motorways and highways with clearly visible lane markings. The system works with a camera integrated into the base of the interior rear-view mirror in the windshield. The camera detects lane markings in front of the car at speeds of 65 km/h and above. The lane departure warning assistant recognises an unintended departure from the lane, providing a visual message in the cluster instrument, and initiates corrective steering. Without recognisable lane markings, the system does not work. If the turning signal is turned on prior to crossing a marking, the Lane Assistant also does not react," Skoda says.

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