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Volkswagen ID.3: System Limitations of Front Assist

Volkswagen ID.3 (E11, E12) 2020-2024 Owner's Manual / System Limitations of Front Assist

Limits of the sensor system

Front Assist detects driving situations using a radar sensor in the front of the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle and the camera behind the windshield.

Note the limitations of the sensor system (→ Sensor system) . Always remain attentive and intervene manually if necessary.

After a vehicle start

Front Assist is not available or its availability is limited immediately after starting the vehicle. During this time, the white indicator light in the instrument cluster display comes on.

Unrecognizable objects

Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) may not react or may react with a delay to the following objects:

  • If there are oncoming Volkswagen ID.3 vehicles or vehicles crossing the street

  • Oncoming pedestrians; generally no reaction to people without Pedestrian Monitoring.

  • Stationary or oncoming cyclists; also no reaction to cyclists crossing the road without Cyclist Monitoring.

  • Pedestrians and cyclists who are not detected as such, for example because they are fully or partially hidden.

Functional limitations

In addition to the situations described under the sensor system limitations, Front Assist may not react, may react with a delay, or may react in a way that is not desired in the following example situations:

  • When driving in reverse

  • If ESC is regulating or is malfunctioning.

  • If multiple brake lights on the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle are malfunctioning.

  • If multiple brake lights are malfunctioning on a bicycle rack that is connected to the vehicle electrical system.

  • If the vehicle is accelerating very quickly or the accelerator pedal is pressed all the way down

  • In unclear traffic situations, for example if vehicles driving ahead are braking quickly or are turning

  • When entering or exiting a tunnel.

  • If Front Assist is malfunctioning

Switching off Front Assist

Depending on the system, Front Assist may not be suitable in the following situations and must be switched off if they occur →:

  • If the vehicle is not being driven on public roads, for example during off-road driving or on a racetrack.

  • If the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle is being towed or transported

  • If add-ons cover the radar sensor or camera.

  • If the camera or radar sensor is malfunctioning.

  • Following a violent impact affecting components within the range of the radar sensor, e.g. following a rear-end collision.

  • If the windshield is damaged in the camera field of view.

  • If there are multiple unwanted activations


If you use Front Assist in these situations, accidents and serious injuries or even death could occur.

  • Switch off Front Assist in the situations described.

Swerve support

The swerve support can help to steer the vehicle around an obstacle in a critical driving situation.

If you steer to swerve around an obstacle after an urgent warning, the swerve support can help. Swerve support slows individual wheels and helps you by making a corrective steering intervention while you are steering.

Speed range

Swerve support is available within a speed range of approximately 30 km/h (approximately 20 mph) to approximately 150 km/h (approximately 90 mph).


Swerve support does not react to objects and animals crossing the lane. Also observe the system limitations of Front Assist (→ Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)) .

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