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Skoda adds new tech to Octavia

Date: 16 December 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Skoda has upgraded its Octavia hatchback to offer a number of new technology and driver-assistance features for 2017.

The new online services - accessed via the infotainment and navigation system under the Skoda Connect banner - includes information on fuel pricing, parking availability, news and weather updates, as well as live traffic details.

Meanwhile, routes and destinations can be transferred from a computer to the satnav at a press of a button using the Skoda Connect portal, with the maps receiving regular updates.

Skoda has also added an emergency call system to the car, with the vehicle automatically contacting an emergency call centre when sensors are triggered after an accident.

Additionally, the Czech firm has updated its Connect app for smartphones, with a new feature alerting owners if there are any open doors, while the parking position tool shows the location of the vehicle on a map.

New driver assistance systems, meanwhile, include a pedestrian protection alert, which will trigger the emergency brake if a pedestrian steps out in front of traffic while the car is travelling at 37mph or less.  The company's blind-spot assist and rear traffic alert tools have also been added to the Octavia.

The updated Octavia arrives in February 2017.