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

Examples of adaptive cruise control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every Atlas Cross Sport gets things like LED headlights, forward collision warning and emergency braking (including pedestrian detection), blind-spot monitors, and rear cross-traffic alerts, and most of them get adaptive cruise control as well. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is how America likes its hatchbacks," 9 Mar. 2020 Safety and driver assistance features such as forward collision, blind spot and rear-cross-traffic collision avoidance, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go are standard. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Manufacturers put newest models on display at Chicago Auto Show," 14 Feb. 2020 The ProPilot Assist system adds adaptive cruise control with full-stop capability and steering assist, which works to keep the car centered in the lane. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "We'd Like Our Nissan Altima More If It Were Quicker," 6 Feb. 2020 An industry review by AAA found that automakers selling in the US use at least 20 different brand names to market adaptive cruise control; there were 19 names for blind-spot warning systems. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language," 20 Jan. 2020 Among its two options was the Technology package, $2,095, of adaptive cruise control with full speed stop-and-go, forward automatic braking and a suspension upgrade to the electronic continuously variable real-time damping. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Buick Enclave Avenir: French flair for working-class luxury," 11 May 2018 The adaptive cruise control uses information garnered from the car's standard navigation system to prepare for upcoming curves in the road by slowing the vehicle's speed. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Facelifted 2020 Kia Cadenza Looks More Upscale, Drops Base Trim," 6 Feb. 2020 The adaptive cruise control, in addition to being rare on vehicles in this class, works well, smoothly maintaining space between vehicles in traffic. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Here's why 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is the small SUV to beat," 14 Mar. 2018 The other package only available to these two trims is the Advanced Technology package ($2455) that adds navigation, adaptive cruise control, rear park assist, a head-up display, surround view, and a power liftgate. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "2020 Buick Encore GX Priced Starting at $25,000," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of adaptive cruise control

1988, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2020

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“Adaptive cruise control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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