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I had a very surprising event yesterday while driving on the highway. I understand the concept of lane assist and pilot assist which takes the clues from the signal inputted by the driver. There are times however, that signal input cannot be put in and this is when I found out the pilot assist actually battles and interfere with the driver. Let me elaborate.

I was driving in the middle lane when all of the sudden, the car to my left drifted into my lane. I was able in a microsecond to look at my right side mirror and saw that there were no cars in my blind spot and I steered into the right lane to avoid the car to my left. Since I didn't signal, my pilot assist thought I was drifting and yanked me back into my lane to correct the drift. I had to literally fight off the pilot assist (which thank goodness was doable albeit it seems to warn me by causing some sort of a steering wheel rumble/vibration). I believe the pilot assist yielded when I applied my brakes but I am not sure (any input is appreciated).

This option is obviously a life saver when you are over tired, fall a sleep while still holding tight to the steering wheel. Either it will bring you back or the rumble will wake you up.

We just have to be extra aware of this when we do have to swerve to avoid contact.
 

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In certain circumstances LKAS can actually do more harm than good as you've expressed. Pilot Assist is fantastic for longer stints on the freeway but its far from a proper autonomous system. Would be good to have a quick way to enable/disable this functionality.
 

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Just one example of why vehicle to vehicle communication cant come soon enough. Although a lot of newer vehicles have updated driver assist technology, there are still plenty of analog vehicles on the road that don't have these kinds of safeguards.
 

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Disable all assist

In certain circumstances LKAS can actually do more harm than good as you've expressed. Pilot Assist is fantastic for longer stints on the freeway but its far from a proper autonomous system. Would be good to have a quick way to enable/disable this functionality.
In the cockpit, I have a button on my yoke/steering column to disable the autopilot. Something like that might help in an emergency.
 

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Just one example of why vehicle to vehicle communication cant come soon enough. Although a lot of newer vehicles have updated driver assist technology, there are still plenty of analog vehicles on the road that don't have these kinds of safeguards.
5G roll out is what will ultimately change our experience with cars and all other connective tech we use every day, even if your car is more analog.
 

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In the cockpit, I have a button on my yoke/steering column to disable the autopilot. Something like that might help in an emergency.
You can indeed disable Pilot Assist with just one press of a steering wheel button. But I think a challenge is that we didn't grow up using such a system so it's definitely not a knee-jerk reaction to have to press any button when you're quickly trying to swerve to avoid another car, when mere inches and split-seconds can count.

I've also find it intervenes surprisingly strongly when there's a freeway exit lane beginning on the right such that the right side lane marker comes to an end. It wants to pull the car pretty strongly to the right and I have to really hold the wheel firmly in place.

Agree with another poster who said it works best in more or less straight travel without a lot of competing traffic, and that vehicle-to-vehicle communications can't come soon enough. Pilot Assist is a wonderful and welcomed advancement and I'd absolutely get it again, yet in my opinion there won't really be reliable autonomous driving until the cars are better connected to each other and the infrastructure.
 

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I've been seeing companies like Jaguar plan on releasing new tech that will help you to moderate your speed to avoid red lights. Systems like these could easily reduce the amount of congestion that we see in downtown cores, and it would also help to reduce the amount of wear we are putting on our brakes. Will only be a matter of time before these new features become standard driver assist equipment.
 
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