VW Atlas Cross Sport can detect road signs – how to use the feature

The Dynamic Road Sign Display feature in VW Atlas Cross Sport detects standard road signs using a camera in the interior rearview mirror base and informs the driver of detected speed limits and passing restrictions. Within the system limits, the system also displays an additional sign to indicate special restrictions. The system may also continue to display the valid speed limit on roads without signs.

VW Atlas Cross – (photo by Volkswagen)

The traffic signs recorded by the Dynamic Road Sign Display are shown in the display of the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Digital Cockpit. Depending on the Infotainment system installed in the vehicle, the road signs may also be displayed there.


Dynamic Road Sign Display is always active when the ignition is started.

After checking and evaluating the information from the camera, the Infotainment system, and the current vehicle data, the Dynamic Road Sign Display function displays up to two valid traffic signs and a generic additional sign.

1st position: The traffic sign that currently applies is shown on the left side of the display, for example a speed limit of 20 mph (35 km/h).

2nd position: Another road sign can be displayed in the second position, such as a passing restriction.

Additional signs: A recognized additional sign is displayed above the applicable traffic sign. Depending on the system, a generic additional sign is displayed instead of the actually recognized additional sign. The applicable traffic sign in the display of the instrument cluster is supplemented by the generic additional sign.

Limits of the Dynamic Road Sign Display

Error messages

No road signs available: The system is in the initialization phase. Or: the vehicle has not detected any road signs.


Error: Dynamic Road Sign Display: System malfunction. If the malfunction persists, contact a suitably qualified professional. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.

Speed Alert currently not available: The speed alert from the Dynamic Road Sign Display is malfunctioning. If the malfunction persists, contact a suitably qualified professional. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.

Dynamic Road Sign Display: Clean windshield! The windshield is dirty in the area around the camera or weather conditions are interfering with the camera view. Clean the windshield.

Dynamic Road Sign Display is currently limited: Data is not being transmitted by the Infotainment system. Check that valid map data is loaded in the Infotainment system. Or: the vehicle is located in an area that is not detected on the map stored in the Infotainment system.

No data available: The Dynamic Road Sign Display function is not supported in the country where the vehicle is currently being operated.

Functional limitations

The Dynamic Road Sign Display in VW Atlas Cross Sport is subject to system limitations. The following conditions may cause the Dynamic Road Sign Display function to be limited or to not operate at all:

  • Poor visibility, such as in snow.
  • Glare, for example from oncoming traffic or the sun
  • High speeds
  • If the camera is obstructed or dirty
  • If road signs are outside of the camera’s visual field
  • If road signs are partially or completely covered, for example by trees, snow, dirt, or other vehicles.
  • If road signs are not in the standard format
  • If there are damaged or bent road signs
  • If there are variable traffic signs on overhead signs (variable display of road signs by LEDss or other lighting).
  • If there is outdated map material in the Infotainment system
  • If there are stickers on vehicles that indicate road signs, such speed limits on commercial vehicles

Operating the Dynamic Road Sign Display

Switching on and off

The continuous display of road signs in the instrument cluster of Atlas Cross Sport can be switched on and off through the vehicle settings in the Infotainment system.

CAR/MENU > Settings > Instrument cluster > Dynamic Road Sign Display

Speed warning

If the Dynamic Road Sign Display function detects that a valid speed limit is being exceeded, it may warn the driver audibly or visually with a message in the instrument cluster display.


The speed warning can be set or completely deactivated in the vehicle settings in the Infotainment system. The setting can be set at increments of 3 mph (5 km/h) within a range of 0 mph (km/h) and 5 mph (10 km/h) above the maximum permissible speed.

Trailer mode

On vehicles with a trailer hitch installed at the factory and a trailer that is connected to the vehicle electrical system, the display of road signs relevant to a trailer, such as the valid speed limit and passing restrictions for vehicles with a trailer, can be activated and deactivated in the vehicle settings in the Infotainment system.

For trailer mode, the display of valid speed limits can be adjusted to the model of the trailer and to the legal regulations. The setting can be set in increments of 10 km/h (5 mph) within a range of approx. 60 km/h (40 mph) and approx. 130 km/h (80 mph). If a speed is set that is higher than the permitted speed for driving with a trailer in the country or state where the vehicle is being operated, the Dynamic Road Sign Display function will automatically display the legal speed limit, for example approx. 80 km/h (50 mph) in California.

If the speed warning is deactivated for the trailer, the Dynamic Road Sign Display function will display the speed limits as it would when driving without a trailer.

Safety Warnings:

The intelligent technology of the Dynamic Road Sign Display cannot overcome the natural laws of physics, and it can only operate within the limits of the system. Do not allow the increased convenience provided by the Dynamic Road Sign Display to tempt you into taking risks. The system cannot replace the driver’s attention.

  • Always adapt your speed and driving style to the visibility, weather, road and traffic conditions.
  • Poor visibility, darkness, snowfall, rain, and fog may prevent road signs from being display or may cause them to be displayed incorrectly by the system.
  • If the camera lens is dirty, obstructed, or damaged, the Dynamic Road Sign Display function may be limited.

Driving recommendations and road signs displayed in the Dynamic Road Sign Display may differ from the actual traffic situation.

  • Not all road signs can be detected and displayed correctly by the system.
  • Traffic signs on the roads and traffic regulations must always take precedence over driving recommendations and displays from the Dynamic Road Sign Display function.
Author: Nabeel K
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