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Technology Package on 17' Cherokee

First off my question is for my 70 year old Mom who just bought a Cherokee Limited V6 AWD after driving GM vehicles pretty much her whole life. Her last vehicle a 2011 Chevy Equinox had a 18,000 mile on it at trade. I myself own a 15' GC Limited. She will take delivery of her new Cherokee in 6 weeks or so.

She insisted on getting the Technology package for a number of reasons.

I'm curious how well does the forward collision avoidance work? Will it actually brake the vehicle to a stop on its own if the driver doesn't intervene?

Does the lane assist actually move the steering wheel to re-center the vehicle if it begins to drift into another lane without a turn signal being initiated?

And finally how well does the park assist work for parallel and perpendicular parking? I've seen some old 14' You Tube Videos on this and in one video the woman joked that 15 minutes later I'm finally parked. Is this pretty automatic or does the driver need to interact quite a bit along the way to make it happen?

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Re: Technology Package on 17' Cherokee

pretty sure it works the same as my grand cherokee. it will brake on its own if needed and if you drift over to the lane marker it will slightly turn the steering wheel back to the middle. havnt tried the parallel parking.
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Re: Technology Package on 17' Cherokee

With park assist the driver still is tasked with gas, braking, shifting.

Forward collision will apply brake. I'm not sure about complete stop.

The lane aware does not actually center the car all the time. It does steer the car away from a line before crossing it. At times it takes you across to the opposite line and corrects again. By then you should have started driving the car yourself. You can set the amount of force the system will apply, but you can always take control.

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Re: Technology Package on 17' Cherokee

Thanks for the replies on the post.


The technology in these things is amazing and a bit overwhelming at the same time. I think there will be a learning curve for Mom but in the last 7 years she has mastered here iPhone and laptop so there is hope.
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Re: Technology Package on 17' Cherokee

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First off my question is for my 70 year old Mom who just bought a Cherokee Limited V6 AWD after driving GM vehicles pretty much her whole life. Her last vehicle a 2011 Chevy Equinox had a 18,000 mile on it at trade. I myself own a 15' GC Limited. She will take delivery of her new Cherokee in 6 weeks or so.

She insisted on getting the Technology package for a number of reasons.

I'm curious how well does the forward collision avoidance work? Will it actually brake the vehicle to a stop on its own if the driver doesn't intervene?

Does the lane assist actually move the steering wheel to re-center the vehicle if it begins to drift into another lane without a turn signal being initiated?

And finally how well does the park assist work for parallel and perpendicular parking? I've seen some old 14' You Tube Videos on this and in one video the woman joked that 15 minutes later I'm finally parked. Is this pretty automatic or does the driver need to interact quite a bit along the way to make it happen?

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The complete Tech group including FCW is a good choice. As we get older our reflexes sometimes are not as fast as conditions on the road may change with other vehicles.

* That said FCW does work and work well I may say. The active braking part does work well.
* The cross path detection while backing up works great. The blind spot system works well to warn the driver.
* The lane divergent system is very dependent on the lane markings or lack of. It will nudge you by turning the wheel but that's it. It will not keep you in the lane as in self steering. I believe there is a audible warning " to keep your hands on the wheel" if you are drifting too much. Happened to me once and the wife has not let me forget it.
* Self parking works BUT I can still do it much faster. The other issue is I would not advise using it with other vehicles around like on a road.
I still do not fully understand if it will sense another vehicle coming up from the rear as you turn into a spot. It will simply tell you when to stop at a potential spot it can get into. Then remove your hands from the wheel and let self park do its job.
I do not use it because I am still faster, even at my age, and do not trust the other drivers trying to get past me on a road I am parking on.

There are also settings in the u-connect system that you can adjust the sensitivity of individual items in the system. The salesperson I had set it up for me as most sensitive and made sure "active braking" was checked. I have only adjusted 2 items in 3 years of ownership.

The only issue I have had with the FCW is using a center turn lane on a 2/4 lane road. If I enter the turn lane at a too sharp of an angle and another vehicle is traveling on the other side, that will set off the warning.
Had I not adjusted my angle immediately I am sure the brakes were next.
Now I enter gradually any turn lane as I do not like the dash lighting up and beeping at me.

Actually it helps us older drivers but in reality it helps every driver regardless of age. Lots of crazy drivers out there these days.
I really believe in 5 years these systems will be standard on most vehicles.
Your mom is wise and seems up to date with this new technology that is available.
The system is very passive once set up. Its easy to forget the vehicle has it till its needed.
Also please review the function buttons. The one that turns on the self parking lights up when on. Those should be the only lights that are on.
When the other ones are on the system for them is turned off. You do not want the FCW turned off.
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Re: Technology Package on 17' Cherokee

Jeepster - thanks for reply. The info yo supplied will definitely be put to use. I agree this technology is good for all drivers especially as we age. I have the blind spot detection on my 2015 GC as well as the rear cross path detection. Both have saved my bacon once or twice already.
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Re: Technology Package on 17' Cherokee

In addition to the excellent info above, I'd say the park assist is something that requires practice.

In perpendicular parking it must be backed in. Some people would rather pull in front first when shopping to enable easier access to the cargo area.

It will only choose a single spot where there is an opening between two cars. (There needs to be a car on each side for the sensors to see them.)

It might be nice for those that do not have the confidence to parallel park since it will do the steering for the driver.

The times I've used it to advantage was when needing to back into a condo parking spot when it was dark out and raining hard. The sensors could see better than me in those conditions.

IMO, it is a gimme for a car that already has technologies like sensors, electronic steering assist and graphic display. The hardware is all there and it is a matter of adding software. IOW it might be considered a gimmicky add-on.
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