I wouldn't turn them off but I would test it first with soft objects (pylons) while i'm getting used to the car. If it reduces the impact in an accident, is there really a downside?
I rarely get a chance to test collision detection on any car, and for good reason. If the condition ever comes up, it’s usually stressful and even avoidable. Normally, if you stay far away from the cars in front of you on the highway, from example, you won’t have to brake suddenly. And if you pay attention at all times, you can react quickly without any help.
That was a nice theory up until this last week when I was driving the 2019 Genesis G70, a smart and stylish luxury sedan. It wasn’t an overly tense situation – just normal highway driving with a lot of cars. However, I did have one instance where the G70 noticed a stoppage in front of me and decided to not only apply the brakes but to swerve to the right a little.
I hope to never have to be in a situation where the collision detection system kicks in on the road, but It's reassuring to see that the technology does work effectively outside of a test track.When this happens in other cars with advanced tech, the feeling is exactly like a robot has taken over the driving for you. The brakes worked independently of your own feet, the steering went into fully automated mode.
In terms of autonomous driving, this is exactly what you want – the G70 had a mind of its own, and that’s a good thing because my mind was not fully capable of avoiding a problem. Robotic driving isn’t just a convenience. Once you have experienced collision detection and mitigation first hand, you start to understand the future of all driving will be computerized.