Audi Q7 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q7: Emergency assist


Applies to: vehicles with emergency assist

General information

Within the limits of the system, emergency assist can detect inactivity from the driver. In these instances, the system will warn the driver, assume control of the vehicle if necessary, and bring the vehicle automatically to a stop in the lane.

Regardless of the speed, the emergency assist is automatically available when the adaptive cruise assist* is activated. When the adaptive cruise assist* is deactivated, the system is only available at speeds above approximately 40 mph (65 km/h).

Emergency assist functions

Measures may be initiated in stages. The vehicle can be controlled with the limits of the system.

The measures depend on the dangerous situation and the vehicle equipment:

  • Visual and audio warnings
  • Vehicle control
  • Reduction of vehicle speed in stages
  • Lowers the volume of the Infotainment system
  • Tugs on the safety belt
  • Activates the brakes
  • The emergency flashers are activated
  • Audi pre sense preemptive safety measures are triggered
  • The brakes are applied until the vehicle is stationary

As soon as the vehicle comes to a full stop, the vehicle prepares for the vehicle passengers to be rescued. The parking brake is set, the "P" selector lever position is engaged, the doors are unlocked, and the interior lighting is activated. The emergency call will be started if necessary once the vehicle has been stationary for several seconds.


If is displayed for example, the emergency assist is active.

Overriding the emergency assist

You can override emergency assist as follows :

  • Move the steering wheel. Or
  • Press the brake pedal. Or
  • Press the accelerator pedal distinctly.

When stationary, you can end the emergency assist by shifting out of the "P" position or releasing the parking brake.

Switching the emergency assist on and off

The system can be switched on and off in the MMI.


If or is displayed when there is a malfunction, the emergency assist functions may be unavailable or may be limited.

A message that indicates the cause and possible solution may appear with some displays. The weather conditions may be too poor or a sensor may be covered. Clean the area in front of the sensors and try to turn the system on again later.

If the malfunction remains, drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility immediately to have the malfunction corrected.


  • Observe the safety precautions and note the limits of the assist systems, sensors, and cameras.
  • The emergency assist is an assist system that should only be used in cases of emergency to take over control of the vehicle and bring it to a stop.


  • Depending on the severity of the detected situation, not all safety measures will be initiated. Certain functions can be adjusted or skipped if necessary.
  • If the emergency assist was triggered, it will only be available again after a brief period.


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