This is bizarre. These stories usually have a "My Cousin's Friend's barber's mother-in-law was almost killed because the brakes locked up at highway speeds..."Brand new 2017 Freightliner Cascadia, 45,000 miles loaded with electronics:
Last night three times at highway speed:
COLLISION WARNING.......BRAKES SLAMMED ON AUTOMATICALLY.
HUH? WTF? ROAD IS CLEAR
COLLISION WARNING.......BRAKES SLAMMED ON AUTOMATICALLY HARDER THIS TIME
HUH? WTF? ROAD IS CLEAR!
COLLISION WARNING....BRAKES SLAMMED ON AUTOMATICALLY MUCH HARDER THIS TIME SLOWING ME DOWN TO MUCH LESS THAN HIGHWAY SPEED
HUH? WTF? ROAD IS CLEAR!!
And I'm driving fuel tanker doubles..... God have mercy on me.
Reminds of me of Boeing and their 737 Max aircraft where the electronics overruled the pilot and too many people were killed.
But you say this happened to you?
I have 75 Freightliners, with that same system, and in 3 yearsr, not a single instance of that happening. We are talking about almost 25 million miles without a single one of these instances.
If I choose to believe you, (and why wouldn't I?) maybe the radar/laser system needs to be calibrated. It's either blocked/dirty/broken or been tampered with...
But my gut says... you're just a driver who hates the system.
Which one is closer to the truth?
Again, I have 25 Million miles of data- not just my personal anecdotal experience.
We do service them as recommended scheduling says, but again, we've not had a single instance of the truck locking up for no reason. 2018, 2019 and 2020 models.
We had someone CLAIM it happened once, but we also have dashcams...
(driver switched lanes and was way too close to the truck in front of them. The system did slow him down, but even then, it never "slammed" on the brakes)
These stories are the most Urban Legend thing in trucking today.
Any lawsuits about death and dismemberment using that system yet? What does that tell you?