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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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 Fiat Chrysler says the condition can occur if the cruise control accelerates at the same time an electrical short-circuit happens. Tom Krisher, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler warns 5.3M owners: Don't use the cruise," 25 May 2018 The cruise control automatically handles the acceleration and braking, while the lane-keeping system makes steering inputs that center the car within its lane. Washington Post, "Edmunds examines 3 semi-autonomous driving systems," 16 May 2018 There are other driver-assist aids in the $3,000 Safety package, which includes front cross-traffic alert, road-sign assist and CoDrive, which uses active cruise control to follow the car ahead without relying on lane lines for guidance. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Lexus LS 500h: From flagship to starship," 2 Mar. 2018 The company asked owners of the vehicles to avoid using cruise control until their vehicles’ software has been upgraded with a patch. Chester Dawson, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler Recalls 5.3 Million Vehicles for Cruise Control Software Glitch," 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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