- Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
Forward Collision Alert
Following Distance Indicator
Front Pedestrian Braking and Alert
Thus far, I can't really say how great any of it has been. Some things are cool and useful, some could use some work. I'd love to hear what other people think. Here's my rundown.....
So far, I haven't had any experience with low speed automatic braking, which I'm thankful for. I have yet to try to drive in to a big cardboard box to see if it works, but if anybody else has tried it, I'd love to hear.
Lane keep Assist - Not really super great I have to say. By the time it complains or gives you a little nudge, you're already in the ditch as far as I can tell, and the nudge is pretty week. No way it's going to keep you off a guard rail, though I can say I've never tested it in that capacity.
Forward Collision Alert - This one I like. Mine has gone off about 4 times over the past 17,000 miles, and it's usually been a good thing, especially when I do a quick glance to change lanes and the person in front of me stomps on the brakes, or the surprise new stop sign on San Fernando. I DO wish it would look a bit more into the distance to see the guy a quarter mile in front of me that locks them up on the highway. At that distance, it's hard to judge, but a quick beep to say that "There's some BS goin on up ahead, get ready" would be awesome.
Following Distance Indicator - Cute, but without an audible indicator, it's probably useless. I get the feeling that it's linked to the forward collision alert, since accuracy goes down the toilet after about 100 feet or so.
Pedestrian Protection - It probably only detects a pedestrian 50% of the time, and 0% at night. It beeped at me once when I rolled up on a crosswalk, but nowhere near applying the brakes. Not sure if it detects shopping carts, but it ought to. Even so, if it cuts the number of serious injuries by half, it's a win. It has never once spotted a pedestrian that I haven't. I hope it stays that way.
IntelliBeam Headlights - They're pretty cool, and they do exactly what they say they should do when they should do it (switching between high and low beam). I like this. But the fact that I need to activate this feature every time I use it is annoying. It ought to be default. Other than that, this feature works very well. I don't do a lot of lonesome road night driving though, so I don't get to use it much.
On other topics, a year on, the rearview mirror camera screen thing is alright I guess. It's good because the glare from cars at night is virtually gone, and you can see if you pile the back full of stuff, (small cargo area makes this a common occurrence), and I guess the wide view is nice, but the lack of depth perception and the need to change focal distance is not something that can ever be overcome. On the other hand, the larger the vehicle becomes, the more the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, and if you tint your windows, it's probably a huge win.
Blindspot warning seems to work well, but of course I always still look and I only trust it to tell me that I missed something, which I think is the "right" way to use it. On the other hand, I've never known it to give me a false "all clear"
What do other people think of the bells and whistles a year or more in? I know this is a little redundant, but I think it would be nice to have it all in one thread.