I test-drive vehicles on a very steady basis and the more I drive the more I am infatuated with built-ins and options.
Technology built into vehicles has become so advanced that I actually feel bad for all the autos out there that are lacking the new standard of safe.
Yes, old cars are great, but they are old.
New cars rock the world of technology with their offerings to keep you and those around you safer when you drive when you use them.
Let’s take a look at a newer system I have been testing out in some vehicles.
Lavishly live car tech out loud and let’s check out the pros and cons of a cross-path detection system.
Cross Path Detection System
As an avid auto test-driver, I get to try out vehicles and learn more. I translate that to posts about vehicles and features.
Recently I have driven a few vehicles with a cross-path detection system built into the packages and I loved them.
However, I have found that there is a shortcoming in the technology on the user end of things and possibly the manufacturer side for allowing such.
In the recent test drive of the Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus, I was happy to see that there was Cross Path Detection.
Yet another way to say, lane departure because you are crossing paths into a lane you should NOT be in.
The fact of the matter is that when you are driving there are a lot of possible distractions.
Kids talking, battling, or doing whatever it is they do, can actually wear even the best of us down.
Alerts that are built-in can save lives and keep you on the right path.
Pro’s And Con’s Of A Cross Path Detection System
About a year ago I got in a vehicle and started to drive.
Suddenly, I almost jumped out of my seat to a very loud chiming when I drifted over to the right lane too much or the left.
In fact, I learned that my driving was not really great as far as my right side went and that I tended to drive more over the right lane than in the middle.
While I was schooled by the cross-path detection system (not Chrysler, another brand), I also grew a tad grouchy.
It seemed overly sensitive to my driving and alerted me over 100x.
It is to this point that I might make a statement: I was able to disable the lane departure system as I drove locally.
However, the glitch as far as I was concerned is that there was NOTHING to remind me to turn it back on.
I see the ability to turn it on as off as a negative because when I really should have had it on I did not.
The Cross Path Detection system is different in all of the vehicles I have driven.
In fact, I can’t really recall which brand I was driving when that occurred, just that I should never have had the ability to turn it off.
Most of my driving consists of highway driving.
Different From Brand To Brand
What you will find is that most car brands offer some variance if a cross-path detection system.
However, you will have to inquire as to the frequency of the alerting system (when does it alert you local or highway only?)
One brand of vehicle offers lane departure warning at only 45 mph +, while another we drove had it on all the time (unless YOU turned it off).
Independence Behind The Wheel
What I will say is that I believe that lane departure or cross path detection should never be turned off.
It can save your life if you are drifting into another lane and quickly deter a possible bad situation.
If you know you have begun to drift, you also need to be aware that you are not paying attention to the road.
A good swift kick in the bazooka is what a cross path detection warning system offers!
Drive safe, and lavishly live travel out loud with the utilization of your cross path detection warning system.