Kia Forte: Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA) / Limitation of the system

Kia Forte 2019-2020 (BD) Owners Manual / Driving your vehicle / Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA) / Limitation of the system

The FCA system is designed to monitor the vehicle ahead through camera recognition to warn the driver that a collision is imminent, and if necessary, apply emergency braking. In certain situations, the camera may not be able to detect the vehicle ahead. In these cases, the FCA system may not operate. The driver must pay careful attention in the following situations where the FCA operation may be limited:

Recognizing vehicles

- The camera is contaminated with foreign substances.
- It heavily rains or snows.
- There is electromagnetic interference
- The vehicle in front has a narrow body. (i.e. motorcycles and bicycles)
- The driver’s view is not clear due to backlight, reflected light, or darkness.
- The camera cannot contain the full image of the vehicle in front.
- The vehicle in front is a special vehicle, such as a heavily-loaded truck or a trailer.
- The outside brightness is greatly changed, such as entering/exiting a tunnel.
- The vehicle driving is unstable.
- The camera sensor recognition is limited.
- The driver's field of view is not well illuminated (either too dark, too much reflection, or too much backlight that obscures the field of view)
- The vehicle in front is driving erratically
- Backlight is reflected in the direction of the vehicle (including front light from the vehicle ahead)
- Moisture on the windscreen is not completely removed or frozen.
- The weather is misty.
- The vehicle in front does not turn ON the rear lights, does not have rear lights, has asymmetric rear lights, or has rear lights out of angle.
- The vehicle is on unpaved or uneven rough surfaces, or roads with sudden gradient changes
- The vehicle is moving under ground level or inside a building
- If a sudden change in the sensor recognition takes place whilst passing through a speed bump
- When the vehicle is severely shaken
- When driving around a circular intersection with a vehicle or object in front
- If the front of the camera lens is contaminated by front glass tinting, film, water repellent coating, damage on glass, or foreign matter (sticker, insect, etc.)
- The camera or camera lens is damaged.
- If the headlights of the vehicle are not used at night or in a tunnel section, or the light is too weak
- If street light or the light of the vehicle coming from the opposite direction is reflected or when sunlight is reflected by water on the road service
- When the back light is projected in the direction of the vehicle's motion (including the headlights of vehicles)
- Road sign, shadow on the road, tunnel entrances, toll gates, partial pavement
- If the windshield has moisture on its surface or if the windshield freezes,
- Driving in the fog.
- When objects are out of the sensing range of the camera

- Driving on a curve

The FCA performance may be limited while driving on a curve. The FCA may not recognize the vehicle in front even if in the same lane. It may produce the warning message and the warning alarm prematurely, or it may not produce the warning message or the warning alarm at all. When driving on a curve, exercise caution, maintain a safe braking distance, and if necessary, depress the brake pedal to reduce your driving speed in order to maintain a safe distance.

The FCA system may recognize a vehicle in an adjacent lane when driving on a curved road. In this situation, the system may apply the brake. Always pay attention to road and driving conditions while driving. If necessary, depress the brake pedal to reduce your driving speed in order to maintain a safe distance. Also, when necessary, you may depress the accelerator pedal to prevent the system from unnecessarily decelerating your vehicle. Always check the traffic conditions around the vehicle.

- Driving on a slope

The FCA performance may be limited while driving upward or downward on a slope, and may not recognize a vehicle in front in the same lane. It may produce the warning message and the warning alarm prematurely, or it may not produce the warning message and the warning alarm at all.

When the FCA suddenly recognizes the vehicle in front while passing over a slope, you may experience sharp deceleration.

Always keep your eyes forward while driving upward or downward on a slope, and, if necessary, depress the brake pedal.

- Changing lanes

When a vehicle changes lanes in front of you, the FCA system may not immediately detect the vehicle, especially if the vehicle changes lanes abruptly. In this situation, you must maintain a safe braking distance, and if necessary, depress the brake pedal to reduce your driving speed in order to maintain a safe distance.

When driving in stop-and-go traffic, and a stopped vehicle in front of you merges out of the lane, the FCA system may not immediately detect the new vehicle that is now in front of you. In this situation, you must maintain a safe braking distance, and if necessary, depress the brake pedal to reduce your driving speed in order to maintain a safe distance.

- Recognizing the vehicle

If the vehicle in front of you has cargo that extends rearward from the cab, or when the vehicle in front of you has higher ground clearance, additional special attention is required. The FCA system may not be able to recognize the cargo extending from the vehicle. In these instances, you must maintain a safe braking distance from the rearmost object, and if necessary, depress the brake pedal to reduce your driving speed in order to maintain a safe distance.

WARNING

✽ NOTICE

In some instances, the FCA system may be canceled when subjected to electromagnetic interference.

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