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Technology - Innovative highlights in the Ateca

Once the driver has stepped inside, the illuminated ring around the start button pulsates like a heartbeat - indicating the Ateca is all set for its next road-going adventure. The SEAT Drive Profile is on-hand for adapting the Ateca to the current driving situation, road conditions and personal preference - with the Driving Experience Button on the centre console offering the profiles Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual. The Ateca models with 4Drive have the added benefit of Snow and Offroad profiles as well as the Hill Descent Control function. A further convenient feature is the electric tailgate, which can be opened with a foot gesture and - for the first time - closed again the same way. Another convenience option is a pre-programmable? climate control system .The range of innovative driver assistance systems is extensive:

• Traffic Jam Assist: This assistance function makes progress in heavy stop-and-go traffic far more bearable. At full-blown "traffic jam speeds", the Ateca steers, accelerates and brakes automatically within the system boundaries. At higher speeds of up to around 60 km/h, the system provides support with speed control and lane keeping. However, the driver's hands have to stay on the wheel. (the product ad/ video doesn't show this - lady has her hands in her hair. Is it 100% true?)

How it works: The systems that form the basis of Traffic Jam Assist are Lane Assist and the ACC adaptive cruise control. Traffic Jam Assist also offers the function of adaptive lane keeping at speeds of less than 60 km/h. The system not only countersteers to correct when the Ateca leaves its lane, Lane Assist also keeps the SUV in the centre of the lane or alternatively "learns" the driver's preferred position. The ACC adaptive cruise control is likewise incorporated into Traffic Jam Assist, meaning that braking and accelerating is handled automatically when ACC is active in stop-and-go traffic. ACC and Lane Assist merge to become Traffic Jam Assist, which enables assisted guidance both laterally and longitudinally. The car thus steers, accelerates and brakes automatically - albeit only as long as the driver has his/her hands on the steering wheel and is ready and able to intervene at all times.

• ACC with Front Assist: The radar-controlled ACC adaptive cruise control system automatically regulates the distance to the vehicle in front within the system boundaries. On long motorway journeys in particular, it plays a major role in relieving driver stress and aiding relaxation. Within a certain speed range, the integrated Front Assist can provide autonomous braking in dangerous situations.

One part of the Front Assist system is the City Emergency Brake function with Pedestrian Protection. While Front Assist operates at higher speeds to warn against driving too close to the vehicle in front and potential collisions, automatically braking the vehicle if required, the City Emergency Brake system handles this task in urban traffic. Previously, the City Emergency Brake system only recognized vehicles. In the new Ateca, the system has been developed further to also react to pedestrians.

And this is how the system works:
o Safety on the motorway: Front Assist uses a radar sensor integrated into the front of the car to constantly monitor the distance to the traffic in front. The system helps the driver in critical situations by priming the brakes and by advising the need for reaction through visual and acoustic warnings and, in a second step, through a brief jolt. If the driver brakes too gently, Front Assist generates the braking pressure that would be necessary to avoid a collision. If the driver doesn't react at all, Front Assist applies the brakes automatically.
o Safety in the city: The City Emergency Brake function with Pedestrian Recognition is a system expansion of Front Assist and monitors the area in front of the Ateca up to a speed of 65 km/h. In the event of an emergency, the system brakes the vehicle instantaneously and automatically. The further developed combination of Front Assist and the City Emergency Brake function with Pedestrian Recognition also now networks the radar with the Ateca's front camera for the first time to identify pedestrians at the side of the road and on the road, too. If the City Emergency Brake function with Pedestrian Recognition identifies a risk that the Ateca might collide with a pedestrian, it issues a visual and acoustic warning to the driver. If the driver does not react to this warning, the system automatically initiates emergency braking.

• Traffic Sign Recognition: Never miss another speed limit or traffic restriction thanks to the on-board camera and display. Traffic signs are reliably recognized and displayed in the cockpit and on the navigation screen.

• Blind Spot Detection: Changing lane is made safer with the practical blind spot assistant. Two radar sensors monitor traffic behind the Ateca on both sides, with a visual signal then relayed in the exterior mirror to warn against vehicles approaching in the blind spot.

• Rear Cross Traffic Alert: Backing out of a parking space is a critical manoeuvre, as approaching vehicles are often difficult to spot. Radar sensors monitor cross traffic and warn against potential collisions.

Rear Traffic Alert thus revolutionises the process of reversing out of parking spots perpendicular to the road by identifying vehicles approaching from the side. The reverse parking assistant's radar-based sensor module registers objects at distances of up to 25 metres. The reverse parking assistant is activated as soon as reverse gear is engaged or by the optional Park Distance Control's Button (PDC) is pressed. If there is a threat of collision, the reverse parking assistant initially issues a visual warning, which is then followed by an acoustic warning. If the driver does not address the situation and there is a danger of a direct collision, the reverse parking assistant activates an automatic braking intervention that can mitigate the severity of the accident.

• Top View: Four cameras in the front grille, rear bumper and both exterior mirrors cover the entire area around the Ateca, with the image displayed on the monitor as a bird's eye view, making tight parking spaces far easier to negotiate. There is also additional protection for the precious alloy wheels - one of the four image modes shows one front or all four wheels with lines indicating their proximity to the kerb.

• Park Assist 3.0: The latest version of the parking assistant ensures stress-free parking in every situation - now supporting both parallel and perpendicular parking. The system also uses small parking spaces, calculates the best path, steers itself and warns against obstacles.

How it works: On pushing the Park Assist button to activate, the driver only has to operate the accelerator and brake pedals as well as the gearshift (including clutch in the case of a manual gearbox), while Park Assist automatically guides the Ateca into the parking space. The system autonomously identifies the type of parking space and initiates the corresponding manoeuvre. While this is happening, the driver is kept informed and provided with directions via the multi-function display. The driver can use the Park Assist activation button to manually select the preferred parking space from those automatically identified. Park Assist's base function has been further improved through the use of a new, so-called surroundings map. Sensors that detect the direction of rotation of the wheels make it possible to determine the precise position of the Ateca, making the parking manoeuvre more accurate than ever.

• Emergency Assist: This is a new function initiated in situations such as a medical emergency: If the driver remains inactive beyond a certain period, the vehicle issues first a visual then an acoustic warning, followed finally by a brief pulse of the brakes. If there is still no reaction, the Ateca slows down to a standstill, while staying in lane and activating the hazard lights and the electronic parking brake.

• High Beam Assist: This assistance system guarantees optimum illumination of the road ahead - particularly in combination with the powerful LED headlamps - without dazzling or disturbing oncoming traffic. The camera in the housing of the rear-view mirror identifies traffic travelling closely in front or oncoming and dims the headlamps accordingly.

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Connectivity, the constant connection with the digital world, is a major part of a modern, urban lifestyle for many people. The SEAT Ateca offers the very highest level of connectivity - with the latest generation of Easy Connect infotainment systems, SEAT Full Link and the exclusive SEAT ConnectApp:

• Media System plus, with its eight-inch screen, is the highlight of the new-generation infotainment systems. It provides a significantly clearer and more precise view of navigation and infotainment content.

• The Connectivity Box in the centre console of the SEAT Ateca is easy to reach and for the first time enables wireless smartphone charging and, thanks to automatic coupling with the roof antenna, ensures better reception. It incorporates two USB ports for parallel connection of MirrorLink-capable smartphones and external music players. It incorporates two USB ports for parallel connection of MirrorLink-capable smartphones and external music

• SEAT Full Link is the connectivity world for users of virtually all smartphones. Alongside MirrorLink, Full Link also incorporates the functions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. MirrorLink is the perfect technology for operating smartphones and many of their functions and apps safely via the Ateca's infotainment system. It "mirrors" the smartphone screen on the touchscreen and can be used seamlessly with a growing number of MirrorLink-compatible Android smartphones.

• The exclusive SEAT ConnectApp makes perfect use of MirrorLink integration. The driver is "always on", yet remains fully concentrated on the road ahead. One central function is "Voice Replay". This text-reading function converts messages from sources such as e-mail, text messages, Facebook and Twitter accounts into speech, reading them out loudly and clearly. Answers can be "dictated" by voice command. Another exclusive function is gesture control, whereby functions can be activated simply with just a small finger gesture on the touchscreen.
 

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In Seat Ateca manual, you can read that Traffic Jam Assist works only for highway and it shouldn't be used in city.
Can anyone confirm that this system works in normal city streets ?
 

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Traffic Jam Assist is only available for DSG cars. It works in built up areas as well as on open roads - see info below:

"Traffic Jam Assist

This assistance function makes progress in heavy stop-and-go traffic far more bearable. At full-blown "traffic jam speeds", the Ateca steers, accelerates and brakes automatically within the system boundaries. At higher speeds of up to around 60 km/h, the system provides support with speed control and lane keeping. However, the driver's hands have to stay on the wheel. (the product ad/ video doesn't show this - lady has her hands in her hair. Is it 100% true?)

How it works: The systems that form the basis of Traffic Jam Assist are Lane Assist and the ACC adaptive cruise control. Traffic Jam Assist also offers the function of adaptive lane keeping at speeds of less than 60 km/h. The system not only countersteers to correct when the Ateca leaves its lane, Lane Assist also keeps the SUV in the centre of the lane or alternatively "learns" the driver's preferred position. The ACC adaptive cruise control is likewise incorporated into Traffic Jam Assist, meaning that braking and accelerating is handled automatically when ACC is active in stop-and-go traffic. ACC and Lane Assist merge to become Traffic Jam Assist, which enables assisted guidance both laterally and longitudinally. The car thus steers, accelerates and brakes automatically - albeit only as long as the driver has his/her hands on the steering wheel and is ready and able to intervene at all times."

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From a Ateca manual:
"Traffic Jam Assist is designed only for use on motorways and wide roads. Therefore, never use it in city traffic.", Page 219.

So I ask my question again:
Can anyone confirm that this system works in normal city streets ?
 

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I'm going to order all of those options but a bit boggling to turn them on I guess. I can see on the M25 it has it's uses in crawling traffic. I also get drivers dithering at roundabout in front of you and the last annoyance is drivers that don't indicate coursing chaos on roundabouts as they keep on coming towards or not as you play guess work as to where they are going.

Thanks for drawing attention to the manual:

http://www.seat.com/manual/ateca/my17_w22/en-uk/ATECA_05_16_EN.pdf

Do we know where the infotainment manual for the Ateca is ?.
 
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