When you equip the 2015 Acura MDX with the Advanced package, you get the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS).
The LKAS brings the MDX ever closer to autonomous driving future. However, do not expect this Acura to drive all on its own. This system is a step towards auto-pilot driving. It does precisely what the name suggests. It’s capable of applying steering inputs to keep the MDX in the middle of its lane at speeds of 45-90 mph. It’s meant for highway or interstate driving, but can also work on a suburban street or boulevard where you can legally go 45 mph or above. It can recognize dashed or solid lines; a concrete curb will also do the trick. There is a graphic in the gauge cluster that tells you the status of the system. You can also set the lane departure waring system to beep if the car leave the lane.
Naturally, if the road markings are faint or non-existent, if you are in a middle of an intersection, or if you are in any other area where the lane is not well defined – the system will relinquish control to the driver. Driver’s attention is still required at all times. If you take your hands off the wheel, as you may be tempted to do. The system will remind you to take the wheel by blinking a red graphic and disengaging every 15 seconds.
Watch this video to find out everything you need to know the LKAS system on the new Acura MDX.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.