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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Front end collision alert

I am trying to understand more about the front end colission alert on '13 LTZ. One guy at the dealership explained it as being a radar pulse (narrow beam) shooting straight ahead. It went off once on me while making a left turn from a stoplight. I was close to car in front of me but not really closing in fast. It went off once on my wife while coming up on a car, but she didn't think she was really too close. I have tried to set it off by tailgaiting a couple times (I know, not a real good idea), but it did not go off. The guy at the dealership said go out on highway and come up fast on someone (I think a worse idea). I just like to understand how things work, not just take for granted that it does.
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I'm not sure exactly how it works either, but I think it takes into account your speed and your closing speed with an object in front of you to set off the alarm. If you tail gate someone there is no closing speed so no alarm. I'm not sure about the "radar". I think it uses the windshield camera because a few times, when driving toward the setting sun, I get a false alert. I think it is caused by the sun blinding the camera.

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Not sure what triggers it, I have it also and i did notice that there is a camera or sensor in the grill. Unclear if it's the FEC Camera/sensor. I believe the camera below the mirror is the lane camera.

It was weird/unexpected when the collision camera went off and the red light flashed up on the window.

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I do know the camera is behind the mirror and it's some kind of narrow radar beam.
It does sure get your attention when it does go off.
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I do know the camera is behind the mirror and it's some kind of narrow radar beam.
It does sure get your attention when it does go off.
So what's the camera/sensor in the lower driver side grill? Any idea, could it be the lane drift?

Yeah mine shuts off the volume on the stereo flashes a red beam out of the dash on the windshield. Got my attention.


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According to the information I have available to me the Forward Collision Alert is a forward facing high resolution digital camera on the windshield that continuously monitors the proximity of the vehicles in front of the Malibu. It provides the driver with an audible and visual warning of potential collisions based on closing speeds. This can be engaged by pressing a button on the Cruise Control cluster. The driver can set the collision alert distance by steering wheel control on the right side.

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And the one I have pictured is the ?? Thanks in advance.

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And the one I have pictured is the ?? Thanks in advance.

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The lane departure warning system uses the rear camera if I remember correctly. No idea what the thing is that you posted a picture of, temperature sensor maybe?
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Yeah, I'm lost it looks like a camera up close, I'm interested to know.

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So what's the camera/sensor in the lower driver side grill? Any idea, could it be the lane drift?

Yeah mine shuts off the volume on the stereo flashes a red beam out of the dash on the windshield. Got my attention.

This is the front end camera that monitors the cars in front at higher speeds. I've seen the same type on the 2012 Dodge Charger and when used, I was able to program it to 3 car lengths. When I used it, I set the Cruise Control button at 75 MPH and I was able to maintain the same speed as the car in front of me, regardless of the speed of the car in front of me. It worked flawlessly for me on the Charger, as the car slowed down, so did the Charger. If the car sped up, the Charger sped up with it (within 3 car lengths) but will not exceed 75MPH, since I selected that speed when I first selected it. I don't know if it does the same for the Malibu, but ... I assume it works pretty much in the same fashion but then again ... I wouldn't know because I don't that option on my 2013 LTZ.



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