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It is not a replacement for competent, attentive driving. It does, however, definitely help.

Real world example: Was traveling at speed with traffic on a highway. Up ahead an SUV towing a boat inexplicably cut across three lanes of traffic--unsignaled--because they realized they were not on the right side of the road to exit to the NYS Thruway. I saw it as soon as it was visible to me, but cars up ahead (not even the car in front of me) had started slamming on their brakes. The second I saw what was happening, the warning was alerting flash, our seatbelts pre-tensioned and the brakes were ready to go.

Did it prevent an accident? No. I did, but driving. Did it help and was it reassuring? Absolutely.
 

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It will apply the brakes if you don't. It shouldn't ever come to that, though. I certainly wouldn't want to try it out.

I know it works, though, because on two occasions when backing up, in the winter after the car has been washed, the rear sensors have registered a false positive and hit the brakes. The car stopped abruptly and both times I got out to make sure there wasn't something there I didn't see and hit. That's certainly what it felt like. The same time happened once when I was moving forward. As a result, I turn that feature off in the winter when there could be ice on the sensors.

In the situation I discussed above on the highway, the car may have actually started braking a split second before I hit the brakes.
 
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