Kia Soul: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system (Camera type) / Limitation of the system

Kia Soul (SK3) 2020-2021 Owners Manual / Driving your vehicle / Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system (Camera type) / Limitation of the system

FCA is an assistant system for a driver in a certain risky driving condition and it does not take every responsibility for all risks from driving condition. FCA monitors the driving situations through the camera sensor. Thus, for a situation out of the sensing range, FCA may not normally operate. The driver should pay great caution in the following situations. FCA operation may be limited.

Recognizing vehicles

- The camera is contaminated with foreign substances.
- It heavily rains or snows.
- The vehicle in front has a narrow body. (i.e. motor cycle and bicycle)
- The driver’s view is unclear due to the backlight, the 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 the 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 or 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 windshield 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 while passing through the speed bump.
- When the vehicle is severely shaken.
- When driving around circular intersection after the vehicle in front.
- If the front of the camera lens is contaminated by front glass tinting, film, water repellent coating, damage on glass, 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 the tunnel section, or the light is too weak.
- If street light or the light of the vehicle coming from the opposite is reflected or when sunlight is reflected by the water on the road surface.
- 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 entrance, toll gate, partial pavement.
- If the windshield has moisture on its surface or if windshield freezes.
- Driving in the fog.
- When objects are out of the sensing range of the camera.

Kia Soul. Limitation of the system

- Driving on a curve

FCA performance decreases while driving on a curve. FCA may not recognize the vehicle in front even in the same lane. It may unnecessarily produce the warning message and the warning alarm, or it may not produce the warning message and the warning alarm at all.

While driving on a curve, pay great caution, and, if necessary, depress the brake pedal.

Kia Soul. Limitation of the system

While driving on a curve, FCA may recognize the vehicle in front in the next lane. Pay great caution, and, if necessary, depress the brake pedal. Or, depress the accelerator pedal to maintain the driving speed. Always, take a look around the vehicle for your safety.

Kia Soul. Limitation of the system

- Driving on a slope

FCA performance decreases while driving upward or downward on a slope, not recognizing the vehicle in front in the same lane. It may unnecessarily produce the warning message and the warning alarm, or it may not produce the warning message and the warning alarm at all.

When 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.

Kia Soul. Limitation of the system

- Changing lanes

Even though the vehicle in the next lane enters into your lane, it may not be recognized by FCA, until it enters FCA sensing range.

Especially when the vehicle in the next lane abruptly enters into your lane, it is more likely not be recognized. Always pay great attention.

Kia Soul. Limitation of the system

When the stopped vehicle in front gets out of the lane, it may not be recognized by your FCA. Always pay great attention.

Kia Soul. Limitation of the system

- Recognizing the vehicle

When the vehicle in front has heavy loading extended rearward, or when the vehicle in front has higher ground clearance, it may induce a hazardous situation.

WARNING

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