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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Weird flaw with eyesight

My wife was driving on a highway in Pennsylvania last week. There was snow on the road but it wasn't snowing at the time. But it was windy. A gust of wind blow a cloud of snow up in front of her and when the eyesight saw it, it detected it as an obstacle in the road and hit the brakes. That's not a good thing to hit the brakes on a snow packed, slippery road surface. Is there a way to disable the eyesight in situations like this?

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Pre-Collision Warning/Braking/Throttle Management: Normally on. There is a switch to turn it off, but it will be on again the next time the car is started.
There button is located by your left knee, bottom row, farthest right. Check the Eyesight manual starting around page 62.

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Here is a link to the manual if you don't have it handy...

Pages 17-19 outline where the switches are and how it can be turned off with a 2 second push. It will remain off until you re-activate it with the button or shut off the car. Turning the car back on will re-activate it as was already described above.

I am surprised the dealer did not go over that on delivery. Ours did and even suggested that it's not a bad idea to disable it when using automatic car washes to make sure the sprayers or the wipers don't trigger it

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Originally Posted by banjo bud View Post
Is there a way to disable the eyesight in situations like this?
Most certainly!! Look to the left of the steering wheel and slightly low to that double row of buttons.

Press and hold the button on the far right side of the lower set for 3 seconds or more. That will manually disable the collision avoidance system (Just like you have to do when you go through the car wash.)

Please see page 30 of the Eyesight manual for details

Also note that what you experienced is one of the documented limitations of Eyesight. From page 24:

In the following situations, turn off the Pre-Collision Braking System. Other-wise the Pre-Collision Braking System may activate unexpectedly.
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  • When visibility is poor due to sand, smoke or water vapor in the air, or when the vehicle in front or oncoming traffic causes water, snow, dirt or other substances to obscure the view

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I wouldn't call this a flaw unless it's seen as a flaw in driver education. Eyesight should be off in most any severe conditions as stated in the warning box on page two of the Eyesight Owner's Manual: "The system is not designed to support driving in poor visibility or in extreme weather conditions....etc"
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