2020 Outback Limited XT Black on Ivory
Yea, I can see where that would scare the heck out of a person. Especially since it was a "false alarm" ( and there is always the real chance of getting rear ended as a result).I was driving on a highway at night, very windy, entering into the So Cal area. Probably going about 60-70mph, fairly clear highway. I was using the adaptive cruise control at the largest distance setting for the car in front of me. My front braking was turned off (I always turn it off). A half car size tumbleweed blew across the road in front of me from one side to the other - between the car I was locked to and my car. My car slammed on the brakes for a split second - the tumbleweed must have confused the adaptive cruise control. It just was for a second, and then it continued on, albiet a bit slower. There was a delay, and the tumbleweed blew across pretty quick, but it must have confused the adaptive control that thought the car was way further ahead and suddenly something was right in front of me for a split second.
That said, it's a good system that seems to work as designed. Had that tumble weed been a kid on a bike, crossing deer etc, I would be gratefull to have it come on.
FWIW, mine did activate once. I had jerk in a big yellow Hummer get tired of waiting and bolted out across traffic/ my lane (from the pot shop parking lot) about 30' in front of me. I was doing about 35 and the brakes came instantly / before I could reach the peddle. I stopped 3-4 feet short of T-boning the idiot . Fortunatly, the guy behind me was not on my tail.