adaptive cruise control


Definition of adaptive cruise control

: a system in an automobile that can automatically adjust the settings of the cruise control in response to external driving conditions Jaguar's adaptive cruise control … tracks the speed and position of the car in the lane ahead and automatically adjusts the speed to keep a safe time interval.— Bruce McCall

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Unlike other most other cars with adaptive cruise control, there is just one button for cruise control. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: GMC Terrain gives you the ride you want—at a price," 23 Dec. 2018 There’s new 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability, and optional full adaptive cruise control and a forward-collision-warning system with pedestrian detection and automated braking keep the truck range up to date with industry trends. Car and Driver, "2018 10Best Trucks and SUVs: The Best Models in Every Segment," 30 Jan. 2018 The institute tested the system with the adaptive cruise control turned off, but automatic braking on. Tom Krisher, Fox News, "Semi-autonomous car safety systems flawed, study finds," 7 Aug. 2018 Turbo buyers can also spec adaptive cruise control. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2019 Hyundai Veloster: Yep, It Still Has Funky Doors," 15 Jan. 2018 The suite includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and steering-responsive foglights that swivel to better light the road through bends. Jonathan Elfalan, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Advanced driver aids aren't just for luxury cars, Edmunds says," 6 Apr. 2018 According to the poll, 74 percent of people supported standardized naming conventions for adaptive cruise control, lane keep, and other features that combine to make up systems like Autopilot. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla stopped promoting the ‘Full Self-Driving’ option for its cars," 20 Oct. 2018 Audi's PreSense tech includes the usual array of driver-assist features, from lane keeping to adaptive cruise control. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "The ad shows: a car cruising on its own. The manual warns: driver, never stop paying attention," 29 May 2018 The driver-assist package does not include lane-keep assist or adaptive cruise control—that's another $1,700. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Party in the front, pain in the back: The BMW X4 reviewed," 18 Oct. 2018

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1988, in the meaning defined above

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