How to turn lane keeping system on/off on VW ID.4

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Electric cars come with all sorts of modern driver assistance programs. The VW ID.4 is no exception.
One of the most often-used ADAS programs on the ID.4 is the lane keeping system (Lane Assist).
This article will explain how to turn Lane Assist on and off on the ID.4. Let’s get into it.

What is lane keep assist?

Lane Assist is VW’s lane-keeping system. It uses a combination of cameras and sensors to keep you in position on multi-lane highways. It will adjust the steering inputs and warn the driver if it detects that you’re straying out of the lane.
It’s one of many advanced safety features and is particularly valuable for warning tired drivers. They should then immediately find somewhere to pull over for some caffeine and a rest.
Lane Assist will only work when:

  • You’re traveling at speeds above around 35 mph (60 km/h)

When Lane Assist is actively intervening:

  • The icon in the Head-Up Display turns orange.
    • Once the car recenters in the lane, it reverts to green.
  • The lane display turns the affected side orange.
    • After intervention finishes, it reverts to white.

How do you turn on Travel Assist on the VW ID.4?

Turning Travel Assist on will automatically activate Lane Assist along with other driver-assist functions.
Turn it on by:

  • Pressing the Travel Assist button on the multifunctional steering wheel.
    • It’ll be near the RES button.
    • The indicator lamp will illuminate green in the instrument cluster.
  • Turn it off by tapping either:
    • The ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) button, or
    • The brake pedal.

How to turn lane keep assist on

In most countries, lane keep assist is always switched on. You won’t need to manually turn it on.
Here’s how to switch the lane-keeping system on (if it isn’t on already).

  • Turn to the infotainment system.
  • Go to the Assist systems menu.
  • Switch the lane-keeping system on.
    • A green icon showing a car between two dotted lane edges will illuminate when in an applicable driving situation.
      • This means the system is active and ready to intervene.
      • The light won’t always be active, such as when you’re driving at low speeds in the city.

Switching Lane Assist off on the VW ID.4

You turn the lane-keeping assist system off from the same menu.

  • Navigate to the Assist systems menu.
  • Turn the lane-keeping system off.

If a fault develops in the system while it’s on, Lane Assist should turn itself off. You shouldn’t rely on this to happen whenever possible. Manually override it instead.

Use the ID.4’s lane keeping assist safely

Lane Assist is designed to be a driver aid. It’s not a fully self-driving system by any means and shouldn’t be treated as such. Your hands should always be on the steering wheel, and you should always be ready to intervene.
You can always override the Lane Assist program if you drive forcibly enough. This might sometimes be necessary for emergency situations.
You should only use the lane keeping system if:

  • The camera’s field of view isn’t obscured.
  • You’re driving on straight, multi-lane roads with clearly-defined lanes.

You shouldn’t use Lane Assist:

  • During inclement weather that obscures the camera (snow, heavy rain, fog, dust storms).
  • On narrow, windy country roads.
  • Around sharp bends.
  • If the lane markings aren’t clear (or become unclear at any point)
  • In roadworks with temporary lane markings (or no lane markings)
  • Over the peak of hills.
  • Through dips between hills.

Be wary:

  • If the icon turns orange with a “!” on the right, the lane-keeping system isn’t working.

The following can interfere with Lane Assist:

  • Dirty camera
  • Faulty camera
  • A glitch in the Lane Assist software
    • Trying turning the car off and on again.

See a PDF of the ID.4’s owner’s manual here:

owners manual

By Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

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