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 Lars Moravy, Tesla's vice president of vehicle engineering, said on the company's earnings call Monday that Tesla's adaptive cruise control was engaged and accelerated to 30 mph before the car crashed. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "One of Autopilot's features was active in fatal Tesla crash," 28 Apr. 2021 The senators’ letter speaks to a tension that regulators face with driver-assistance features such as collision warning or adaptive cruise control. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Tesla Crashes Raise Safety Questions in Congress About Driver-Assistance Systems," 22 Apr. 2021 The 2022 Bolts will offer features such as adaptive cruise control and GM’s Super Cruise (hands-free-driving) tech — both firsts for the Bolt. Brooke Crothers, Forbes, "Price, Reliability Favors 2021 Chevy Bolt EV Over Tesla Model 3," 18 Apr. 2021 Standard, too, is adaptive cruise control for long interstate trips. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Toyota Tundra TRD Pro likes to get dirty (review)," 3 Apr. 2021 There is an abundance of driver assistance tech standard, including lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Hybrid Vehicles of 2021," 5 Apr. 2021 Safety features including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist are also standard on the Citadel. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Costs as Much as 2.5 Base Durangos," 26 Aug. 2020 Premium is the base trim level, while the costlier Premium Plus and Prestige versions add equipment such as a premium audio system, a digital gauge cluster, and adaptive cruise control. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Audi Q5 Sportback Is More Expensive Than Standard Model," 14 Jan. 2021 The Wagoneers feature the usual array of driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and blindspot monitoring. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, "Jeep Crawls Into Full-Size SUV Fray With 2022 Wagoneer And Grand Wagoneer," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of adaptive cruise control

1988, in the meaning defined above

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2 May 2021

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“Adaptive cruise control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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