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[Video]2019 RAV4: Demo of Lane Tracing Assist Safety Feature!
I’m conservative about these early forms of self driving or safety related electronics. There is little to no uniformity to their functionality and they still are carefully designated as “aids” by the manufacturers. In other words, by design a computer and sensors take over a function to help the driver but normally we are still supposed to be “fully engaged” in the driving. Unfortunately, the two outcomes and objectives are counter to each other.
IMO, driving in fairly heavy traffic at highway speeds, in the rain, and taking your hands off the wheel as in this video is incredibly stupid, and exactly what this “Toyotajeff guy” shouldn’t be doing. I myself in a similar situation would have cruise control off, radio off, and be giving my utmost attention to driving. If the sensors get blinded or rain/debris clogged one is suddenly up the famous creek.
I have used “Lane departure warning” devices in another vehicle, but without the guided function. I found it semi-useless, and frequently annoying. Other folk’s comments I have read on the same system thought it was great, so maybe I’m not a typical driver.
Again, I wouldn’t trust it until some more time and drivers check it out. Buy,hey, I don’t particularly like adaptive cruise control, either, because it is highly imperfect, at last for me.
Glad to read other opinions.
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