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Thought I'd share a dangerous situation with radar cruise control/brake assist active.
I was traveling in the far left lane on the freeway with radar cruise control. For clarity, the two left lanes are express/hov lanes unaffected by traffic in the right, general lanes. Traffic two lanes to the right (general purpose lane) slowed down significantly, and the freeway curved slightly to the left. At that point I made a lane change to the right.
All of a sudden the car brakes very hard. I suppose either the cruise control or brake assist picked up the show traffic to the far right and decided to brake. Luckily, the car behind me reacted and didn't hit me, but it was a close call.
Lesson? Be wary of brake assist and radar cruise control when speeds between lanes change suddenly and have a large differential.