For those of us that have vehicles with automation at SAE level 2 and above, I’m curious about your experiences with the software. Are you comfortable enough to use it regularly? Do you know certain areas where you need to disable it due to road conditions or congestion? Any unexpected and/or dangerous behavior from the system?
I’ve got a Polestar 2 with a “Pilot Assist” feature, which combines lane keeping and active cruise control for a level 2 system. I’ve warmed up to it in the year since I’ve had the car, and I’m pretty familiar with optimal situations to use it. It’s great for bumper-to-bumper traffic on well marked interstate highways. I still won’t use it for extended periods at highway speed though.
However, I’ve had some bad experience with the collision avoidance functionality of the system. I had an instance where the system triggered on a ghost and adjusted the steering to put me in the oncoming traffic lane. Fortunately I was the only car on the road at the time and was able to fight and overpower the system. I had Polestar do an analysis on the system and confirmed no hardware faults, so it’s a software design defect. In my opinion, the most egregious part of all this is that the system cannot be turned off. I’m still waiting for a final report on the incident from their engineering department.