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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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 Tesla's Autopilot is considered an SAE Level 2 system, which combines adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist technology. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Musk tells fans 'full self driving' Teslas are near, as investigators dig into Autopilot accidents," 11 June 2018 The suite of advanced driver assistance systems, which includes adaptive cruise control and lane keeping, has also been blamed for destroying a Model 3 in Greece last week. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Tesla Model S tops insurance chart, Autopilot in the news again," 31 May 2018 The results: Vehicles using adaptive cruise control reduced the impact of a braking event smoother than those vehicles without the activated technology. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "How self-driving car or adaptive cruise control could ease traffic jams," 3 July 2018

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1988, in the meaning defined above

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