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Old 10-08-2014, 07:49 PM
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Angry Had it with the Active Braking

I find the active braking and the pre-panic braking linked to the FCW to be dangerous at the very least. At 6'3" and not being a lightweight I have no problem stamping on the brakes however hard I need.

So what I am getting, from time to time, is the FCW freaking out when a car turns off in front of me and is no longer on the road or an issue for me. The FCW seems to have to go through its whole freakout cycle even when it is gazing on an empty road and the car it was tracking is in a side road or parking lot. If you do need to dab the brakes you get instant 100% stand-on-the-nose braking, even if you only needed to wash off a few mph. This puts you in serious danger of catching a following motorist unawares.

Today I met an even more worrying reaction. As someone turned off the road about 25 yards ahead the Jeep slammed on the brakes. I stamped on the gas. It kept braking.

So I pulled over and disabled active braking. This is just too frightening with the current poor tracking and over reaction.

In a million miles of driving I have never hit anyone from behind, so hopefully I won't find that turning fifty has turned me lame too.

As a systems and software engineer I'd really love to smack some of their software engineers in the side of the head. The diesel Jeep does what I want, but the navigation and driver assist features are very poor compared to the rest of the vehicle.

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Re: Had it with the Active Braking

Completely agree. I turned mine off after a few encounters that scared the crap out of me. It's never actually engaged in a situation where it should have, every time was someone turning off in front of me, etc. it scares the crap out of you and is dangerous. I'm shocked they could release a product like that on a car to be honest.


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Old 10-09-2014, 10:05 AM
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Re: Had it with the Active Braking

I've found it works amazingly well.. except I think my sensor is slightly misaligned, because on an open road I sometimes get a brake warning for approaching overpass.

I've only found the exiting-car issue to be a problem for the ACC; I don't think I've ever had an FCW warning for an exiting vehicle (but maybe I don't follow as closely or something)

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Re: Had it with the Active Braking

Typically I get the FCW freakout when a car around 50-75 yards ahead in a relatively low speed area, 30-50, exits the road on the right. The ACC tends to take its time realizing someone has moved out of the lane ahead, but doesn't panic about it. The ACC is great on open roads, but in congested areas it tends to brake and accelerate much later than I would.
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Re: Had it with the Active Braking

The 'near' setting works much better with much fewer false alarms on surface streets than the 'far' setting which is designed for highway speeds. The fact that they gave us far, near and off options is more than enough to keep me from complaining about it.
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Re: Had it with the Active Braking

Also shut mine off. Scary as hell when it misfires.

Tech isn't quite there yet IMHO
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Re: Had it with the Active Braking

Sadly, get used to it. Seen the commercials touting this feature as somehow being responsible for some schluck who can't be bothered to pay attention being denied their Darwin Award?

They aren't motor vehicles any more, they are mobile couches, full of semi-sentient potatoes from the lower end of the gene pool bell curve. And I have the very uncomfortable hunch that non-driver induced braking will become mandatory in future years in some mommy countries.
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Re: Had it with the Active Braking

Mine works pretty well. I have no complaints as I do not find it intrusive. Maybe your sensor is misaligned - there was a time when mine was and after lots of interventions at the dealership, it got fixed. In fact I find it that it that is not aggressive enough.
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Sadly, get used to it. Seen the commercials touting this feature as somehow being responsible for some schluck who can't be bothered to pay attention being denied their Darwin Award?

They aren't motor vehicles any more, they are mobile couches, full of semi-sentient potatoes from the lower end of the gene pool bell curve. And I have the very uncomfortable hunch that non-driver induced braking will become mandatory in future years in some mommy countries.
I'm not at the point in my life where I need someone (or something) to drive me around.

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I'm not at the point in my life where I need someone (or something) to drive me around.

I'm past the 3 score and 10 meself.
Finally turned the damn alert off, as the only time it fires is for bikes on really crooked roads or someone turning in front of me, so close that I can already see them and start tensioning the brakes in case they are needed.

But I do expect this to become a NHTSA requirement, unfortunately probably before I turn to dust.
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Re: Had it with the Active Braking

Great for motorway driving, and sitting in traffic.
REALLY doesn't like going downhill... It must see where it flattens out to be a car...
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