The advanced Travel Assist system introduced in the latest European Passat has also been installed in the Golf 8. It’s basically a semi-autonomous driving system that can work at speeds of up to 130 mph (210 km/h), which might seem like overkill, but remember there still are sections of the Autobahn in Germany with no speed limits.
Travel Assist makes use of the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist systems, but the driver still has to permanently monitor the system and keep at least one hand on the steering wheel. There are sensors built into the steering wheel to detect when the driver touches it, and if it doesn’t detect anything for more than 15 seconds, audible and visual warning signals are sent out, along with a braking jolt. If the driver still doesn’t take action, the Golf’s emergency braking system automatically kicks in and safely stops the car.