Volkswagen has become the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard equipment on all its vans, which includes the Caddy, Crafter and Transporter.
All vans in the German company’s range will benefit from the fitment of front assist and city-speed emergency braking as standard equipment, beating competing brands like Mercedes-Benz.
The larger Crafter (top) will get the technology when the new-generation model arrives early next year – which features an all-new modular platform rather than the current car’s architecture shared with Mercedes-Benz – likely in the first quarter of 2018.
At this stage, Volkswagen’s local arm is unable to confirm which versions of its mid-range van and people mover will get AEB – though it’s likely the Multivan people mover will be a prime candidate based on its people-lugging intentions.
Above: Volkswagen Transporter
It appears Volkswagen’s core line-up is set to come with AEB as standard in the coming 12 months, with the Tiguan and Passat already fitted as standard with the technology, the upcoming Golf 7.5 range and Arteon also get AEB as standard, while the next-generation Polo and Touareg will almost certainly get the technology across the range too.