Distance control assist operation

Distance control assist operation  - Distance Control Assist (DCA) system (if so equipped) - Starting and driving - Infiniti QX Owners Manual - Infiniti QX

Always pay attention to the operation of

Always pay attention to the operation of the vehicle and be ready to manually decelerate to maintain the proper following distance. The Distance Control Assist (DCA) system may not be able to decelerate the vehicle under some circumstances. The DCA system uses a sensor A located on the front of the vehicle to detect vehicles traveling ahead. The sensor generally detects the signals returned from the reflectors on a vehicle ahead. Therefore, if the sensor cannot detect the reflector on the vehicle ahead, the DCA system may not operate. The following are some conditions in which the sensor cannot detect the signals:

► When the reflector of the vehicle ahead is positioned high on the vehicle (trailer, etc.).
► When the reflector on the vehicle ahead is missing, damaged or covered
► When the reflector of the vehicle ahead is covered with dirt, snow and road spray
► When the snow or road spray from traveling vehicles reduces the sensors visibility
► When dense exhaust or other smoke (black smoke) from vehicles reduces the sensors visibility
► When excessively heavy baggage is loaded in the rear seat or the luggage room of your vehicle

The DCA system is designed to automatically check the sensors operation. When the sensor is covered with dirt or is obstructed, the system will automatically be canceled. If the sensor is covered with ice, a transparent or translucent vinyl bag, etc., the DCA system may not detect them. In these instances, the Distance Control Assist (DCA) system may not be able to decelerate the vehicle properly. Be sure to check and clean the sensor regularly. The DCA system is designed to help assist the driver to maintain a following distance from the vehicle ahead. The system will decelerate as necessary and if the vehicle ahead comes to a stop, the vehicle decelerates to a standstill. However, the DCA system can only apply up to 25% of the vehicles total braking power. If a vehicle moves into the traveling lane ahead or if a vehicle traveling ahead rapidly decelerates, the distance between vehicles may become closer because the DCA system cannot decelerate the vehicle quickly enough. If this occurs, the DCA system will sound a warning chime and blink the system display to notify the driver to take necessary action. See Approach warning later in this section. This system only brakes and moves the accelerator pedal upward to help assist the driver to maintain a following distance from the vehicle ahead. Acceleration should be operated by the driver.

The DCA system does not control vehicle speed or warn you when you approach stationary and slow moving vehicles. You must pay attention to vehicle operation to maintain proper distance from vehicles ahead.

The detection zone of the sensor is limited.

The detection zone of the sensor is limited. A vehicle ahead must be in the detection zone for the system to operate. A vehicle ahead may move outside of the detection zone due to its position within the same lane of travel. Motorcycles may not be detected in the same lane ahead if they are traveling offset from the centerline of the lane. A vehicle that is entering the lane ahead may not be detected until the vehicle has completely moved into the lane. If this occurs, the system may warn you by blinking the system indicator and sounding the chime. The driver may have to manually control the proper distance away from vehicle traveling ahead.

When driving on some roads, such as

When driving on some roads, such as winding, hilly, curved, narrow roads, or roads which are under construction, the sensor may detect vehicles in a different lane, or may temporarily not detect a vehicle traveling ahead. This may cause the system to work inappropriately. The detection of vehicles may also be affected by vehicle operation (steering maneuver or traveling position in the lane, etc.) or vehicle condition. If this occurs, the system may warn you by blinking the system indicator and sounding the chime unexpectedly. You will have to manually control the proper distance away from the vehicle traveling ahead.

Distance Control Assist system display and indicators

The display is located between the speedometer

The display is located between the speedometer and tachometer. 1. Distance Control Assist (DCA) system switch indicator: Indicates that the dynamic driver assistance switch is ON. 2. Vehicle ahead detection indicator: Indicates whether it detects a vehicle in front of you. 3. Distance Control Assist system warning light (orange):

The light comes on if there is a malfunction in the DCA system.

Operating Distance Control Assist (DCA) system

The DCA system turns on when the

The DCA system turns on when the dynamic driver assistance switch on the steering wheel is pushed when Distance Control Assist is enabled in the settings menu in the center display. The DCA system switch indicator on the dot matrix liquid crystal display will illuminate. The system will start to operate after the vehicle speed becomes above approximately 3 MPH (5 km/h).

When the DCA system is not necessary, be WARNING
When the DCA system is not necessary, be sure to turn off the dynamic driver assistance switch. Using the system when it is not necessary may result in an accident.

How to enable/disable the DCA system using the settings menu:

1. Push the SETTING 1 button and highlight

1. Push the SETTING 1 button and highlight the Driver Assistance key on the display using the multi-function controller. Then push the ENTER2 button. 2. Highlight the Dynamic Assistance Settings key, and push the ENTER 2 button.

3. Highlight the Distance Control Assist

3. Highlight the Distance Control Assist key, select ON or OFF and push the ENTER 2 button. For the LDP and BSI systems, see Lane Departure Warning (LDW)/Prevention (LDP) system earlier in this section and Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system/Blind Spot InterventionTM system earlier in this section.

Under the following conditions, the Distance

Under the following conditions, the Distance Control Assist system will not operate and the Distance Control Assist (DCA) system switch indicator will blink:
► When the SNOW mode is pushed (SNOW mode switch) (To use the DCA system, turn off the SNOW mode switch, then turn on the dynamic driver assistance switch.).
For details about the SNOW mode switch, see SNOW mode later in this section.

► When the 4WD shift switch is in the 4H or 4L position (for 4WD models) (To use the DCA system, place the 4WD shift switch in the AUTO position, then turn on the dynamic driver assistance switch)
For details about the 4WD shift switch, see INFINITI all-mode 4WD earlier in this section.

► When the VDC system is off (To use the DCA system, turn on the VDC, then push the dynamic driver assistance switch.).
For details about the VDC system, see Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system later in this section.

► When ABS or VDC (including the traction control system) is operating

► When driving into a strong light (for example sunlight)

When the Conventional (fixed speed) cruise control mode is operating, the DCA system will not operate. (To use the DCA system, turn the Conventional (fixed speed) cruise control mode off, then push the dynamic driver assistance switch.). For details about the Conventional (fixed speed) cruise control mode, see Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) system earlier in this section. When the engine is turned off, the system is automatically turned off.

1. System set display with vehicle ahead

1. System set display with vehicle ahead
2. System set display without vehicle ahead

System operation

The Distance Control Assist system automatically WARNING
The Distance Control Assist system automatically decelerates your vehicle to help assist the driver to maintain a following distance from the vehicle ahead. Manually brake when deceleration is required to maintain a safe distance upon sudden braking by the vehicle ahead or when a vehicle suddenly appears in front of you. Always stay alert when using the DCA system.

The Distance Control Assist (DCA) system helps assist the driver to keep a following distance to the vehicle ahead by braking and moving the accelerator pedal upward in the normal driving condition.

When a vehicle is detected ahead:

The vehicle ahead detection indicator comes on.

When vehicle approaches a vehicle ahead:

► If the drivers foot is not on the accelerator pedal, the system activates the brakes to decelerate smoothly as necessary. If the vehicle ahead comes to a stop, the vehicle decelerates to a standstill within the limitations of the system.
► If the drivers foot is on the accelerator pedal, the system moves the accelerator pedal upward to assist the driver to release the accelerator pedal.

When brake operation by driver is required:

The system alerts the driver by a warning chime and blinking the vehicle ahead detection indicator. If the drivers foot is on the accelerator pedal after the warning, the system moves the accelerator pedal upward to assist the driver to switch to the brake pedal.

The stoplights of the vehicle come on when braking is performed by the DCA system. When the brake operates, a noise may be heard and/or vibration may be felt. This is not a malfunction.

► When the vehicle ahead detection indicator WARNING

► When the vehicle ahead detection indicator is not illuminated, system will not control or warn the driver.
► Depending on the position of the accelerator pedal, the system may not be able to assist the driver to release the accelerator pedal appropriately.
► If the vehicle ahead comes to a standstill, the vehicle decelerates to a standstill within the limitations of the system. The system will release brake control with a warning chime once it judges the vehicle is at a standstill. To prevent the vehicle from moving, the driver must depress the brake pedal. (The system will resume control automatically once the system reaches 3 MPH (5 km/h).

Overriding the system:

The following drivers operation overrides the system operation.
► When the driver depresses the accelerator pedal even further while the system is moving the accelerator pedal upward, the DCA system control of the accelerator pedal is canceled.
► When the drivers foot is on the accelerator pedal, the brake control by the system is not operated.
► When the drivers foot is on the brake pedal, neither the brake control nor the alert by the system operates.
► When the Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) system is set, the DCA system will be cancelled.

Approach warning

If your vehicle comes closer to the vehicle ahead due to rapid deceleration of that vehicle or if another vehicle cuts in, the system warns the driver with the chime and DCA system display. Decelerate by depressing the brake pedal to maintain a safe vehicle distance if:
► The chime sounds.
► The vehicle ahead detection indicator blinks. The warning chime may not sound in some cases when there is a short distance between vehicles. Some examples are:

► When the vehicles are traveling at the same speed and the distance between vehicles is not changing
► When the vehicle ahead is traveling faster and the distance between vehicles is increasing
► When a vehicle cuts in near your vehicle The warning chime will not sound when your vehicle approaches vehicles that are parked or moving slowly.

NOTE:

NOTE:

The approach warning chime may sound and the system display may blink when the sensor detects some reflectors A which are fitted on vehicles in other lanes or on the side of the road. This may cause the DCA system to operate inappropriately. The sensor may detect these reflectors when the vehicle is driven on winding roads, hilly roads or when entering or exiting a curve. The sensor may also detect reflectors on narrow roads or in road construction zones. In these cases you will have to manually control the proper distance ahead of your vehicle.

Also, the sensor sensitivity can be affected by vehicle operation (steering maneuver or driving position in the lane) or traffic or vehicle condition (for example, if a vehicle is being driven with some damage).

Automatic cancellation

Condition A:

Condition A:

Under the following conditions, the Distance Control Assist system is automatically canceled. The chime will sound and the Distance Control Assist (DCA) system switch indicator will blink. The system will not be able to be set.

► When the VDC system is turned off
► When the VDC or ABS (including the traction control system) operates
► When the SNOW mode switch is turned on.
► When the 4WD shift switch is in the 4H or 4L position (for 4WD models)
► When driving into a strong light (for example sunlight)

Action to take:

When the conditions listed above are no longer present, turn the system off with the dynamic driver assistance switch. Turn the DCA system back on to use the system.

Condition B:

When the sensor window is dirty, making it

When the sensor window is dirty, making it impossible to detect a vehicle ahead, the DCA system is automatically canceled. The chime sounds and the system warning light (orange) will come on and the CLEAN SENSOR indicator will appear.

Action to take:

If the warning light comes on, park the vehicle in a safe place, turn the engine off. Clean the sensor window with a soft cloth and then perform the settings again.

Condition C:

When the DCA system is not operating

When the DCA system is not operating properly, the chime sounds and the system warning light (CRUISE orange) will come on.

Action to take:

If the warning light comes on, park the vehicle in a safe place. Turn the engine off, restart the engine, and turn on the DCA system again.

If it is not possible to set the system or the indicator stays on, it may indicate that the system is malfunctioning. Although the vehicle is still driveable under normal conditions, have the vehicle checked at an INFINITI retailer.

Sensor maintenance

How to handle the sensor:

The sensor for the DCA system is common with Intelligent Cruise Control and is located below the front bumper. To handle the sensor, see Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) system earlier in this section.

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