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Old 08-14-2018, 07:10 PM
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So LKA is Lane Keeping Assist.

The hope was LKA would be the best part an autonomous driving package . . . NOT. When you compare the functionality of
to these LKA systems, to call them lacking would be kind. Neither liked curves or dashed center lines, where I drive that's the majority of the roads. Of course they don't read speed signs or have speed in their maps like a GPS map. If the LKA would lock into the center of US and State highways 99% of the time I'd popped for a $50K new truck. Don't want city stop and go, just stay in the damm lane.

Both the F150 (A KR with 3.5L Eco) and the Silverado (V8 trim?) were competent tight vehicles loaded with features. This dealership had all three brands: Ford, Chevy and Ram. So the salesman was happy to show me anything.

Here's hoping that George Hotz sees the future in pickup trucks and not Honda and Toyota cars. All the pieces are there, camera, radar and electric steering, they just need a brain.
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Maybe I am misunderstanding something here, but it sounds to me like you are expecting LKA to operate comparable to an autonomous Tesla, seems how thats what the video is. If thats the case, obviously you are going to be disappointed as that is not the purpose for LKA... Lane Keep Assist is just that.... an assist. It is meant to just assist you in staying in your lane, not prevent you from leaving the road if you fall asleep behind the wheel, or take your hands off the wheel. The LKA in my truck has never failed to vibrate or assist on any road, regardless of the lines, whether they are dotted or solid. When I first got my truck, I would mess with it just to test it and see how it would respond, if the truck gently eased toward the line, it would automatically nudge back over, but if the truck made a more direct veer off of the road, the LKA would not nudge at all, just vibrate the steering wheel and the icons on the dash would turn red, and trust me, that's how you want it to be. If you had to swerve to avoid something in the road or to avoid someone on the side of the road, you wouldn't want LKA to be fighting you and keeping you from swerving. Comparing LKA to any kind of autonomous features of any vehicle is really not anywhere near an accurate comparison. But like I said, maybe I am misunderstanding what you were getting at.
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Ford nor GM has never said that LKA was in any way part of an autonomous driving system. What makes you think that LKA (key word is the A for assist) is a full autonomous driving feature?

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It's called lane keep Assist not Auto Pilot.
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I have been disappointed in Fords LKA feature. I have been spoiled by my 2017 Honda CRV. It’s way better keeping the car in the lane. And at the same time allows you to override the system if you want/need to. I just expected my F150 to be just as good.

Not sure why the Japanese can do such a better job.

But overall I am extremely pleased with my new truck. A huge improvement over my 1997 F150.
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Not sure why the Japanese can do such a better job.
Drive a Toyota with LKA and itíll make you want to drive over a bridge without a seltbelt.

But do agree LKA on F150 is kind of weak. Toyota is too sensitive. Oh well.
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Thanks to all for the replies.

Yes, I'm aware it says "assist" but what does that mean? Until you drive it you don't know. Today I drove two examples. That 2016 video set my expectations for the test drive. I was disappointed to say the least. LKA is so worthless as to be why bother?

When I first saw that video, I want that in my next truck. Now I know it ain't happening in 2018. Hence the link to George Hotz, he has the system brains to apply to to any modern vehicle, Ford, GM, FCA don't or haven't.
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But overall I am extremely pleased with my new truck. A huge improvement over my 1997 F150.
Agree and I mentioned I found both trucks solid. I was hoping LKA would do more, didn't happen.
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Thanks to all for the replies.

Yes, I'm aware it says "assist" but what does that mean? Until you drive it you don't know. Today I drove two examples. That 2016 video set my expectations for the test drive. I was disappointed to say the least. LKA is so worthless as to be why bother?

When I first saw that video, I want that in my next truck. Now I know it ain't happening in 2018. Hence the link to George Hotz, he has the system brains to apply to to any modern vehicle, Ford, GM, FCA don't or haven't.
LKA just ďassistĒ you (by alarming and/or self correcting the steering wheel) if it detects that youíre drifting from your current lane without the use of blinkers. Thatís it. It does not turn an intersection. It does not drive thru a curved road. If it did, thatís called AutoPilot. Something that does not exist in trucks yet.
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