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Side Collision Avoidance and curb rash?

WMAC

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Nov 19, 2015
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Nashville, TN
Does side collision avoidance help avoid curb rash? I noticed it always "sees" the curb, but, has anyone gotten too close and felt it steer away?
 

Patrick W

Active Member
Mar 17, 2015
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SLC, UT

Ouch indeed. The sensors appear not look down very well. So pull up to a wall and the car warns you. Pull up to a low curb and the first indication of a problem is the sound of the car crunching into the curb.

I posted a picture a while back showing how I was able to get the front end of the car literally over a low curb. Just barely cleared the bottom of the front bumper. But no warning from the sensors.

Not a complaint, BTW, just an observation and a cautionary tale.
 

JenniferQ

Supporting Member
Sep 13, 2015
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San Diego, CA
Yep. And just a few hours too late for me, unfortunately. Today I pulled into a spot that had a rather tall bumper and the first sign I had was from the bumper of my car that rode right over the top of it. Ouch. Just chin rash, but still.
 

jkliu47

Member
Apr 30, 2013
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74
Glendale, CA
Speaking of curb rash does anyone have an opinion or actual experience as to which of the 19" wheel options (standard or turbine) is more susceptible to it?
 

Todd Burch

Voltage makes me tingle.
Nov 3, 2009
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Smithfield, VA
Ouch indeed. The sensors appear not look down very well.

To be accurate, it's not a sensor issue. Drive down the inside lane of a divided road with a curbed median and the sensors will clearly show the yellow arcs indicating the curb nearby. It's just that the side collision avoidance is not intended to steer the car away from a curb.
 

Andyw2100

Well-Known Member
Oct 22, 2014
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2,393
Ithaca, NY
I posted a picture a while back showing how I was able to get the front end of the car literally over a low curb. Just barely cleared the bottom of the front bumper. But no warning from the sensors.

Yep. And just a few hours too late for me, unfortunately. Today I pulled into a spot that had a rather tall bumper and the first sign I had was from the bumper of my car that rode right over the top of it. Ouch. Just chin rash, but still.

With respect to the front of the car, I highly recommend the front camera switch kit.

artsci is considering another production run. Here's the thread:

Determining Interest in 2nd run of front-rear camera switch for touchscreen
 

WMAC

Member
Nov 19, 2015
195
15
Nashville, TN
To be accurate, it's not a sensor issue. Drive down the inside lane of a divided road with a curbed median and the sensors will clearly show the yellow arcs indicating the curb nearby. It's just that the side collision avoidance is not intended to steer the car away from a curb.

How do we put in a feature request? This sounds like an easy no-brainier.
 

CHG-ON

Still in love after all these miles
Jun 24, 2014
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636
Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
I would think that since the autopark feature can sense the curb and do such a fantastic job of parking that it could sense the curb and warn us. Certainly would be nice if it could.
 

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