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Re: Blind Spot Monitoring/Adaptive Cruise Ctl

I have the ACC have have been using it about three weeks. I consider it the best option on the Jeep. It keeps great interval in moderate to heavy traffic. The BSM I like as much. I thought I wouldn't use it since who I would still be clearing myself visually, but it is a great aid and like GatoLoco I have found i like to have the chimes on. Btw it only chimes twice if there is someone in your blind spot when you signal a turn. Very unobtrusive. The cross traffic detection is more useful that I thought it would be as well. The only thing I haven't used, and hope never to have to, is the forward collision warning.
In my opinion the ACC was the best $1200 I have spent.

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Re: Blind Spot Monitoring/Adaptive Cruise Ctl

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I have the ACC have have been using it about three weeks. I consider it the best option on the Jeep. It keeps great interval in moderate to heavy traffic. The BSM I like as much. I thought I wouldn't use it since who I would still be clearing myself visually, but it is a great aid and like GatoLoco I have found i like to have the chimes on. Btw it only chimes twice if there is someone in your blind spot when you signal a turn. Very unobtrusive. The cross traffic detection is more useful that I thought it would be as well. The only thing I haven't used, and hope never to have to, is the forward collision warning.
In my opinion the ACC was the best $1200 I have spent.

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+1 Red, I am quickly finding ACC and BSM to be some of the best additions on my WK2.
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Re: Blind Spot Monitoring/Adaptive Cruise Ctl

Got to agree with the positive opinions on the ACC & BSM. When I origionally ordered on 9/21, I opted out of this pkg. 5 days later, called the dealer and added to the order (it was a late availability option then). The way this system "drives" the GC by varying acceleration and brake application as needed is amazing!

Forward collision warning works well also. When car in front is approched too quickly, the warning chime goes off based on difference of your speed & car in front.


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Re: Blind Spot Monitoring/Adaptive Cruise Ctl

I didn't think I wanted them either. Just drove 800 miles and they were awesome!
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:54 AM
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I didn't think I wanted them either. Just drove 800 miles and they were awesome!
Welcome back. Looking forward to some impressions from your 800 mile road test.
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Re: Blind Spot Monitoring/Adaptive Cruise Ctl

I too love the ACC and blind spot monitoring. A little tip on the ACC. If you change lanes to get away from a slow car, and the car in the fast lane that just passed you isn't far enough ahead when you come over, the ACC will actually brake to get the proper gap (not good when there are other fast cars in that lane). But, if you just touch the gas pedal, you will "override" the ACC, and then you can stay as close as you want, and then slowly let the gap increase to the ACC gap. The same applies if a car cuts into your lane right in front of you. Touch the accelerator a little, and slowly increase the gap if you don't want the ACC braking hard for you. I have no doubt this technology will someday be standard on all vehicles. 80% of all accidents are due to distracted driving, and having the car brake for you if someone brakes in front of you right at that moment when you look elsewhere, is huge.
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I too love the ACC and blind spot monitoring. A little tip on the ACC. If you change lanes to get away from a slow car, and the car in the fast lane that just passed you isn't far enough ahead when you come over, the ACC will actually brake to get the proper gap (not good when there are other fast cars in that lane). But, if you just touch the gas pedal, you will "override" the ACC, and then you can stay as close as you want, and then slowly let the gap increase to the ACC gap.
I had plenty of time to evaluate ACC this weekend and can confirm those findings with one minor exception. It seemed to me that if I slid in behind a fast-mover-- but not too close on his tail-- the ACC would detect the separation delta and allow me to either maintain my speed or accelerate (if I had been slowed down in my previous position). I will continue to test this and see if the theory holds up.

Also used the override feature quite a bit. I have to say that NC drivers are much better than DC area drivers (true to their NASCAR heritage??). I found that even at the shortest separation interval ("1" on the ACC's setting), the gap was temptingly large and inviting for someone to cut in front of me. When I found myself in jockeying situations, I usually (admittedly-- it's instinctive for me anticipate and rebuff cutoffs) would invoke the override and tighten things up. But again, hats off to NC drivers. They know how to get on down the road and are not clueless candy a$$es behind the wheel...they understand flow.

Re BSM, it would be very easy to become almost totally reliant on this feature but I'm resisting that temptation and still keep my head on a swivel when changing lanes in heavy traffic. But now I've added a new focus point to my scan to check for the amber triangle in the mirror.

I encourage everyone to give serious consideration to the tech package! It may sound counterintuitive, but it really does add a whole new dimension to the driving experience. Rather than dumb things down, it provides another support system for getting to your destination smoothly and safely...and enjoyably.
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Re: Blind Spot Monitoring/Adaptive Cruise Ctl

I'm convinced that the acc actually detects the closing/opening speed. As CPerez says, if you pull out close behind someone moving faster than you, it will NOT brake to create the correct following distance.
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I'm convinced that the acc actually detects the closing/opening speed. As CPerez says, if you pull out close behind someone moving faster than you, it will NOT brake to create the correct following distance.
I am 99.99% sure mine does. I will try it again and report back.
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I am 99.99% sure mine does. I will try it again and report back.
Keep in mind that I framed it as a theory and said I would continue to test it. Also, I was careful not to slip in too closely (but still somewhat closely) behind the other guy. And finally, I purposely took note of what happened when the guy I slipped behind was going noticeably faster than me.

After all, the ACC works by detecting CHANGES in the spacing between vehicles. I can see a rationale for designing it to NOT brake in the scenario above. Since it engages the brakes so quickly when closing thresholds are exceeded, the safety mechanisms are still in place should the guy ahead of me hit the brakes. Bears further observation by willing WK2 tech package pilots.
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Re: Blind Spot Monitoring/Adaptive Cruise Ctl

Well.... You guys were right! I changed lanes behind a faster moving vehicle at a close distance, and it didn't brake. But, if I change lanes and I'm close to the vehicle in front, and it isn't going faster, it will try to brake to reset the gap. You can make that transition smoother by over-riding the ACC with the gas pedal.
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Well.... You guys were right! I changed lanes behind a faster moving vehicle at a close distance, and it didn't brake. But, if I change lanes and I'm close to the vehicle in front, and it isn't going faster, it will try to brake to reset the gap. You can make that transition smoother by over-riding the ACC with the gas pedal.
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