Maruti Suzuki has launched AVAS (Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System) technology in its Grand Vitara midsize SUV for a price tag of Rs 4,000. AVAS is a pedestrian protection system that is mandatory for all Quiet Road Transport Vehicles (QRTVs) in India.
QRTVs are vehicles that run on electric or hybrid power and are therefore very quiet. This can be a safety hazard for pedestrians, who may not be aware of the vehicle's presence. AVAS works by emitting a low-level sound that is audible to pedestrians within a 5-foot radius. This sound helps to alert pedestrians to the presence of the vehicle and reduces the risk of accidents.
The AVAS system in the Grand Vitara is activated when the vehicle is running in electric mode. It is turned off when the petrol engine is started. The AVAS system is a welcome addition to the Grand Vitara and helps to make the vehicle safer for both pedestrians and other drivers.
Here are some additional details about the AVAS system in the Grand Vitara:
- The system emits a low-level, low-frequency sound that is audible to pedestrians within a 5-foot radius.
- The sound is similar to the sound of a car engine idling.
- The system is activated when the vehicle is running in electric mode.
- The system is turned off when the petrol engine is started.
The AVAS system is a standard feature on all Grand Vitara Intelligent Hybrid variants. It is not available on the Smart Hybrid variants. Maruti Suzuki is the first automaker in India to offer AVAS technology in its vehicles. The company says that it is committed to providing safe and secure vehicles for its customers. The AVAS system is a step in that direction.