2015 Kia K900: Lane Departure Annoyance
February 4, 2015
Fair warning: I'm not a fan of lane departure warning (LDW) systems. Most of these systems aren't very accurate and tend to repeatedly fire off false alarms. Active lane keeping assist isn't much better, as most bounce the car to and fro within the lane like a drunkard is at the wheel.
Our 2015 Kia K900's LDW is far too sensitive, which would explain why the previous driver had turned it off. Fortunately, it stays off until you reactivate it, even after you park it for a while.
Sure, it beeps when you actually wander a little close to a lane marker, but it also picks up most other lines that might be running parallel to your direction of travel. Such was the case when I was traveling on a highway and a deep seam in the concrete appeared in my lane for about a half-mile.
Beeeeeeeeeeeep. Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.
I tapped that little button on the steering wheel once to shut it off. I don't think I'll ever turn it back on. FYI, it's not available on the base "Premium" trim and it's standard on the higher "Luxury" trim, so it's not something you can selectively add or delete.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 9,500 miles