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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An adaptive cruise control system is optional and is functional at speeds of up to 130 mph. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "BMW reveals all-new 8-Series Coupe: 523 horsepower and 155 mph," 15 June 2018 About 20 years ago, carmakers started offering adaptive cruise control systems on their high-end cars. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why emergency braking systems sometimes hit parked cars and lane dividers," 8 June 2018 According to the report, the Tesla was following another car on the highway with the adaptive cruise control setting on. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NTSB: Tesla's Autopilot Steered Into Barrier in Fatal Crash," 7 June 2018 Options: Include adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, surround vision and a panoramic sunroof. Al Haas,, "Refreshed for 2019, Buick Envision is roomy, comfortable, and quiet," 12 July 2018 The Levante includes stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, making bumper-to-bumper traffic much less infuriating. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Classic Maserati with a pinch of Chrysler: The Levante S GranSport, reviewed," 8 June 2018 The Sportbrake is also available with all of Jaguar’s latest driver aid tech, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency brakes. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is a sexy station wagon," 12 May 2018 Optional safety tech includes autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitor with rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and active lane-keep assist. Mark Maynard,, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 The Convenience Package added $2,000 for adaptive cruise control, power folding seat, heated wiper blades, and more, while the Vision and Advanced packages totaled $3,000 for a bevy of safety features. Scott Sturgis,, "Driving the 2018 Volvo XC60," 5 July 2018

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1988, in the meaning defined above

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