Automatic braking is considered by many to be the first step toward complete autonomous vehicles. Unfortunately, two automakers are reporting glitchy systems that can cause more accidents than it prevents.
Acura has recalled two vehicles and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating the autonomous braking system on 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees.
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Acura’s “Collision Mitigation Braking System” uses radar to scan the road ahead of a vehicle and applies the brake automatically if it identifies an object in its path.
However, in recalled vehicles, the system becomes confused when it detects a vehicle accelerating in front of it while traveling alongside an iron fence or metal guardrail. In this situation, the vehicle will step on the brake for no reason, increasing the risk for rear-end collisions.
For this problem, Honda, the maker of Acura, has recalled just under 48,000 2014 and 2015 MDX SUV’s and RLX sedans.
Jeep Grand Cherokees on the other hand have been braking for no reason when there are no pending threats in the path of the vehicle.
After receiving several complaints from owners about the vehicles’ tendencies toward rogue braking, the NTHSA has announced that it will investigate 20,000 2014 Grand Cherokees.
No injuries have been reported so far in either incident.
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