Safety: New safety and assistance systems for even more effective protection

› Enhanced driver monitoring: new Attention and Drowsiness Assist monitors driver behaviour more reliably
› Easier parking: Intelligent Park Assist and Remote Park Assist for added convenience, while the Automated Emergency Brake – Pedestrian Rear detects people more precisely
› Up to ten airbags: ensuring increased passenger safety

Mladá Boleslav, 14 May 2024 – Škoda Auto has further refined the Octavia’s level of active and passive safety. The new Attention and Drowsiness Assist uses an innovative algorithm to assess driver behaviour more precisely. Later this year, a new Automated Emergency Brake – Pedestrian Rear function will be introduced, which will detect people behind the car more reliably when reversing. The updated Octavia comes with up to ten airbags.

Innovative algorithm assesses driver behaviour

In the updated Octavia, Škoda has replaced Driver Alert with the Attention and Drowsiness Assist, as seen in the all-new Superb and all-new Kodiaq. The system monitors the driver’s behaviour and assesses their level of drowsiness. While Driver Alert mainly analysed data from the electromechanical power steering, the Attention and Drowsiness Assist accesses information from various vehicle control units, such as the Lane Assist. It uses an innovative algorithm to recognise short-term inattention (distraction) and long-term inattention (fatigue). It detects deviations from normal steering behaviour at speeds above 65 km/h and continuously evaluates the driver’s behaviour to draw conclusions about their fitness to drive. If the system concludes that the driver is fatigued, it triggers visual and audible warnings in the Virtual Cockpit at three levels: recommendation, warning and escalation. If the driver does not respond to any of the system’s warnings, the Emergency Assist will pull the seatbelts and jolt the brakes. The system then triggers the warning lights, holds the lane and slows down to a complete standstill. Finally, the Emergency Assist automatically calls for help via eCall.

Škoda Octavia Combi

Škoda Octavia Combi

Convenient and safe parking

The new Intelligent Park Assist (available only with automatic transmission) enables the Octavia to enter and exit parallel and perpendicular parking spaces automatically. In addition to controlling the steering, like the Park Assist, it now also takes charge of the brakes as well as speed and direction of travel (forward and reverse). The car will also stop automatically if the system detects an obstacle. The upcoming Remote Park Assist (available only with automatic transmission) will go even further. It will allow the driver to control Intelligent Park Assist manoeuvres remotely via the MyŠkoda app. The vehicle and smartphone communicate via Bluetooth when the user is within four metres of the Octavia. All users have to do is select the type of manoeuvre in the app and the direction in which they want to exit the parking space. The maximum speed during the manoeuvre is 9.5 km/h. The new Automated Emergency Brake – Pedestrian Rear function, which will become available at a later date, will prevent collisions when reversing by analysing the area behind the car using the rear-view camera image and braking. With Trailer Assist, the new Octavia also facilitates manoeuvring a trailer.

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High level of passive safety

The Škoda Octavia is one of the safest vehicles in its class. In 2022, it successfully repeated its 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP reference test for crash safety, even under the more stringent test conditions. Up to ten airbags protect the vehicle’s occupants in the event of an accident: the central airbag between the driver and front passenger and the knee airbag for the driver, along with the driver and front passenger airbags as well as front side airbags and head airbags, come as standard. Rear side airbags are available as an option.

Škoda Octavia

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