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My Impala saved my life

I bought my 2016 white pearl LTZ 6 months ago, as I was told, the car had every factory option available. I bought it off the lot because it had the interior I was after (light tan). I was still getting used to the features it had. I loved the out of lane warning signal, also the blind spot warning, the heated steering wheel was like WOW!. But what really caught me off guard was how the car saved my life (and I had no idea this feature was on the car) last week while I was driving down a rural street around 23 mph or so, a car blew a stop sign and drove right in front of me, that split second where your blood flows through your body and your adrenaline pumps like crazy. and your getting ready for impact, and you react by taking your foot off the gas and try to brake to reduce the intensity of the crash, before I could do anything manually, the car automatically applied the brakes and stopped me thus avoiding an serious accident. As the other just kept on going I sat there, shaking and asking myself, "what just happened"? the sensor on my car re-acted MUCH faster and recognized an imminent collision and stopped me faster than any human could have reacted. I hope I never encounter this feature to "engage" again, however if I get into this situation again its nice to know my car has my back.
side note....I often wondered why my front end looks different from any other 2016 impala on the road and I come to find out when you have this option on the car, it also comes with a custom front end because of the senors on the car. so far, I've still never seen a front end like mine. which I thought was strange
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Great story and glad you are okay! Post a pic of your front-end if you would? Thanks.

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Great story and glad you are okay! Post a pic of your front-end if you would? Thanks.

This is not his but it is the same, the feature he has that most do not is adaptive cruise control, with that feature the car has an actual radar device and requires the grille to be different. Most of us only have the forward collision alert which is nothing more than a flashing red line that appears as a heads up display and chimes. I am glad to hear it has helped you in avoiding a serious crash and potentially an injury. I have also heard of nightmare stories where this feature (acc) has caused people's cars to brake and not have anything in front of them (false positives), have you every had an issue with that.
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I am glad to hear a good story of such issue.

Sadly hearing last year that a Telsa on Autopilot crashed when it didn't see a White Big Rig turn infront of the car. Car crashing under the trailer and even then the Autopilot didn't turn off for several hundred feet more, After crashing into 2 fences and coming to rest on a Power Pole... From the story no brake by the car or driver sadly driver died from the crash...

I am glad to hear your feature has worked for you and your car... All these things are just the start of a driver less cars of the future.. I will try and drive cars that I need a driver for as long as I can. I am sure there will be a day where all cars will be Auto in nature and non Auto cars will be a part in history books.

Hope it never comes down to needing this again. Good to hear your safe

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i always wondered why some of the new impalas had that weird looking grill....interesting.
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Yep....thats exactly what my grille looks like, heck I never knew half the options I got on the car, I saw it on the lot, and it had that tan interior which was awesome, and with the white pearl it was a great contrast. never had a problem with it braking before the close call. Hopefully I never do.
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Speaking of the Tesla running under the white 18 wheeler, the driver of the car was watching a movie at the time of the crash.
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Sadly hearing last year that a Telsa on Autopilot crashed when it didn't see a White Big Rig turn infront of the car. Car crashing under the trailer and even then the Autopilot didn't turn off for several hundred feet more, After crashing into 2 fences and coming to rest on a Power Pole... From the story no brake by the car or driver sadly driver died from the crash...
Years ago, before the web, there was an urban legend about someone wrecking their motor home because they thought cruise control was auto pilot.

Whether it was ever true, stories like the Tesla will surely become more common as car makers steer towards self driving cars.

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This is not his but it is the same, the feature he has that most do not is adaptive cruise control, with that feature the car has an actual radar device and requires the grille to be different. Most of us only have the forward collision alert which is nothing more than a flashing red line that appears as a heads up display and chimes. I am glad to hear it has helped you in avoiding a serious crash and potentially an injury. I have also heard of nightmare stories where this feature (acc) has caused people's cars to brake and not have anything in front of them (false positives), have you every had an issue with that.

Radar.....schmadar....more like ultrasonic sensors! I have that same POS system in my '16 Malibu Premier, the difference being over the basic system in the 2LT is that it has the adaptive cruise control and automatic collision braking based upon the distances set in the steering wheel controls. Uses ultrasonic sensors combined with the video camera in the rear view mirror housing to run the system software to apply the automatic braking or automatic steering. And the Malibu uses the same stock grill for the Malibu Premiere as the LT/2LT. Even offers automatic steering control in the lane assist which actively nudges the wheel back to center if you do not have a directional engaged. I turn off that damned collision alert.....windy day in the mountains and every time a broken branch with a few leaves or a piece of $hit from a spilled recycle bucket blew across the road, it would apply brake assist.....damn near got rear ended by a 3500 dualy which would have really hurt! Only useful feature was the blind spot indicators and pedestrian alert to spot "invisible" pedestrians/animals on the side of the road at night.

And that's one of the reasons I bought a loaded '17 Impala LT with leather, V6, Nav, etc instead of an Impala Premiere. Wanted the basic collision alert system which is OK minus automatic braking or steering. Other reasons included dislike of the Premier grille and lack of functional fog lights, and no fan of perforated leather ventilated seats designed to blow out old farts from the seat cushions. The Impalas' DRL system is bright during the day, but dims significantly at night when the headlights are turned on which makes them useless as a light source. LS/LTs are easily upgraded to functional fog lights by buying the components and wiring them independently and tapping an ignition-on fuse. Operating the DRLs at full brightness at night provides enough side and turn lighting to double as functional fogs. And throw in a set of 9005 Sylvania Silver Star zXe High performance halogens and you have all the light you need without the cost of LEDs. LT grill looks more tubular and looks great with a black bowtie. LT rear bumper not as nice as the Premiere with integral exhaust tubes, but install short chrome finishers protruding downward just below the bumper (for some reason the Honda Accords fit perfectly) and it looks good as a dual exhaust and you get a great mellow exhaust sound.

Oh and I forgot to mention what might have been the most dangerous situation of all! Ever go 70 mph in rush hour in the center lane when some jacka$$ decides to swoop across from the left lane to the right lane to get to the exit ramp, cutting you off not more than 10 feet in front of you, with another moron tailgating at your rear?
Well, didn't even have time to cover the brake.......the collision alert, red lights triggered in the Impala LT scaring the crap out of us, but luckily it doesn't have that automatic braking like the Malibu or who knows what might have been the result..you need a set of eyeballs and a brain to tell the vehicle when NOT to brake.
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Radar.....schmadar....more like ultrasonic sensors! I have that same POS system in my '16 Malibu Premier, the difference being over the basic system in the 2LT is that it has the adaptive cruise control and automatic collision braking based upon the distances set in the steering wheel controls. Uses ultrasonic sensors combined with the video camera in the rear view mirror housing to run the system software to apply the automatic braking or automatic steering. And the Malibu uses the same stock grill for the Malibu Premiere as the LT/2LT.
Per Chevy's website. FORWARD COLLISION ALERT
Available Forward Collision Alert and Front Automatic Braking systems use camera technology and available radar to alert you to slowing vehicles in your path, and even apply the brakes to help to reduce a collision's severity or help avoid a collision at very low speeds.

Call it whatever you want I just go by what the actual manufacturer's description was. As far as you false negatives, you are not the first person for me to hear this from and sure you will not be the last either. I know with my LT2's Collision Alert there are times where I have NOTHING in front of me and the stupid thing goes off.

As far as the grille difference, not sure about Malibu's differences but it really does not apply as this is an Impala situation and the Malibu may have been designed differently. If you do some online searching you will find that the grille on the Automatic Braking model is different on the Impala. If you search for a replacement for it most reputable companies will tell you that there are 2 different grilles and the standard grille will not "work" on the "braking" model.

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Per Chevy's website. FORWARD COLLISION ALERT
Available Forward Collision Alert and Front Automatic Braking systems use camera technology and available radar to alert you to slowing vehicles in your path, and even apply the brakes to help to reduce a collision's severity or help avoid a collision at very low speeds.

Call it whatever you want I just go by what the actual manufacturer's description was. As far as you false negatives, you are not the first person for me to hear this from and sure you will not be the last either. I know with my LT2's Collision Alert there are times where I have NOTHING in front of me and the stupid thing goes off.

As far as the grille difference, not sure about Malibu's differences but it really does not apply as this is an Impala situation and the Malibu may have been designed differently. If you do some online searching you will find that the grille on the Automatic Braking model is different on the Impala. If you search for a replacement for it most reputable companies will tell you that there are 2 different grilles and the standard grille will not "work" on the "braking" model.
Well that explains what all the crap is behind the Malibu grille including motorized radiator shutters..., thought it was temperature sensor (radar sensor?) and why it is impossible to access from below..had to pry out the gold bowtie and cut the chrome backing pins to remove it from the front to install the new black bowtie.

Too much crap including the automatic high beam dimmer and keyless start, best choice was getting a lower line model where all that crap is not standard and add in all the useful options I want. Radar, ultrasonics or whatever, owned many generations Impala with nice stock tubular type grilles, the Premier grille is to tacky for me.
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I'm not a fan of how the grill looks like on the Impala with adaptive cruise control either. Glad it helped turbomangt though.
We have the collision alert on our 2LT as well and it does go off for no reason at all sometimes and I too am glad it does not automatically apply the brakes.


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And FWIW its not a "Premier" grill. You only get this grill with the Adaptive Cruise Control option.

And also FWIW, you can completely turn off the automatic braking and/or the warning for the forward collision system.

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It would be nice if you could turn off the looks of the grille with the adaptive cruise control...


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I was hoping mine would have adaptive cruise when I bought it but now I'm glad it doesn't. To me that grille is hideous, I like the look of my e&g classic grille much better

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