cruise control


Definition of cruise control 

1 : an electronic device in a vehicle that controls the throttle so as to maintain a constant speed

2 : a relaxed and seemingly automatic pace that is easily maintained

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Last week, Fiat Chrysler recalled 4.8 million vehicles to fix a software glitch that could prevent a driver from disengaging cruise control. Russ Mitchell,, "Consumer Reports embraces Tesla's Model 3, recommending the car after Tesla fixes brake issue," 30 May 2018 Fiat Chrysler said company officials are aware of a single incident in March involving a 2017 Dodge Journey in which the driver couldn’t shut off the vehicle’s cruise control. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Chrysler Fiat announces recall of nearly 5 million U.S. cars," 25 May 2018 Argentina looked to be in cruise control - until a moment of madness in the second half saw them throw their lead away, and quite possibly their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages with it., "Nigeria 1-2 Argentina: Late Show By Rojo Sees La Albiceleste Sneak Into Knockout Stages of World Cup," 26 June 2018 Instead of treating cruise control, lane-keeping, and emergency braking as distinct systems, advanced driver assistance systems need to become integrated systems with a sophisticated understanding of the car's surroundings. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why emergency braking systems sometimes hit parked cars and lane dividers," 8 June 2018 Level 1 is cruise control; Level 5 is a driverless car that can drive from point A to point B without a human driver. Robert Duffer,, "Cadillac Super Cruise semi-autonomous system plays it safe, smart," 29 Sep. 2017 When the driver activates the Model S's autopilot mode on the highway, the car turns on what is essentially a traffic-conscious cruise control that keeps you in your lane. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "The Tesla Model S Now Has an Autopilot Mode," 14 Oct. 2015 The company stated that the issue can occur when the cruise control causes the vehicle to accelerate at the same time as an electric short-circuit occurs, according to the Associated Press. Jonathan Sperling, Fortune, "Fiat Chrysler Is Recalling 4.8 Million Vehicles Over Cruise Control Flaw," 25 May 2018 Fiat Chrysler says the condition can occur if the cruise control accelerates at the same time an electrical short-circuit happens. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "Fiat Chrysler warns 4.8M Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram owners to not use cruise control," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of cruise control

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cruise control

: a device in a vehicle that a driver turns on to make the vehicle continue at whatever speed the driver has chosen

: a relaxed pace that does not require a lot of effort

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