2018-08-21 15:20:22 UTC
ON arrival in Copenhagen we went to the Hertz desk to pick up the hire
car. I'd reserved an automatic, but for the very reasonable price (there
was an offer on when we booked) we were given a VW Arteon which is very
It had 2 features that were new to me:
1. Lane Departure Warning which I had assumed would be a signal, but was
actually resistance in the steering wheel as I tried to change lanes.
Most odd and I really didn't like it.
2. Adaptive Cruise Control. This I knew a little about and assumed it
would just slow me down when there was a slower car in front. This it
did indeed do, but it also recognised what the speed limit was and
changed the set speed accordingly. That was fine most of the time, but
at one point in a 130kph stretch it suddenly decided that the limit was
80 and applied the brakes quite aggressively to slow down. Extremely
dangerous and makes you realise that fully autonomous vehicles are still
a long way off.
I had mistakenly thought that both these features would be on my new
Mitsubishi and am rather glad they're not, especially the first, even if
it means you can drive down the motorway with hands and feet off the
controls if you're feeling lucky that day :/
It also took a while to pair the car to my phone before we started, but
once we did we happily listened to R4 all the way to Langeland :)