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Test of the new Skoda Fabia: smartphone mania.

Test of the new Skoda Fabia: smartphone mania.

If cars could speak, on the sidelines of the Paris Motor Show one could hear the following dialogue between Skoda’s four-wheeled envious women:

– Have you heard the news? Baby Fabia got along with the Chinese.

– Not with a Chinese – with a Taiwanese!

– Oh, with the Taiwanese? Isn’t it all the same.


No, I do not mean at all that the electronic interpenetration of a smartphone and a car will lead to the fact that we will ride on fashionable gadgets, and cars will remain in museums. But the car is gradually ceasing to be just a means of transportation – even such a small and relatively affordable one as “Fabia”. See what she has to offer now.

The MirrorLink function allows you to control applications installed on compatible smartphones from the car screen (so far it is HTC and the Android platform, but a version for iOS devices is promised by the spring of next year). And – oops! – it becomes possible to use the mobile Internet with all the consequences. The on-board system screen will display the smartphone applications needed to listen to music, use the navigation system, view the contact list, and so on. For safety reasons, some functions, such as video playback, are only available when the vehicle is stationary. Search for contacts and listen to music can be used on the move. So 5 Bedroom House for rent-manual.pdf with the help of the MirrorLink system, the car uses the capabilities of the smartphone.

And the SmartGate function allows you to transfer some vehicle data to your smartphone via Wi-Fi. For example, the dedicated Skoda Drive App reports how efficient the driving style was on each trip, as well as informs about fuel consumption, average speed and much more. Users can view their routes on a map and post them on social media. With the help of applications, you can find out: acceleration, speed, deceleration rate, pressure on the brake or accelerator pedal, braking time, etc.

As I understand it, this is just the beginning of a romance between a car and a multifunctional mobile phone. Captivating!


At the same time, “losing weight” did not affect passive safety at all, and in terms of active safety “Fabia” reached a new qualitative level in the class of compact city cars. The most interesting is the system for controlling the distance to the car in front with the function of emergency braking in the city – Front Assistant. As the distance decreases, the system activates one of four levels of collision avoidance. On the first, a warning flashes on the dashboard. On the second, a buzzer is added, and on the third, the system initiates short braking pulses. If the driver does not react to the threat, emergency braking is triggered – this is the fourth level. A full stop is possible only at city speeds – from 5 to 30 km / h.

The emergency braking system (as part of the ESC stabilization system) is included in the basic equipment. The idea is to prevent multiple collisions that may occur after an accident by “pressing” the brake, if not done by the driver.

The electronics of the new “Fabia” is already ready to assess the degree of driver fatigue at speeds over 65 km / h. So far, her intervention is limited to the supply of sound and light signals.

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