What is Adaptive Cruise Control?

What is Adaptive Cruise Control?

Cruise control can come in more than one form. We explain how Adaptive Cruise Control differs to other types of the driving feature.

You’re probably already familiar with cruise control, it’s a car feature which allows whoever is behind the wheel to set the car at a particular speed so it can maintain it without constant driver input.

More and more new cars though are introducing a more sophisticated version of cruise control which is most commonly referred to as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) or alternatively Active Cruise Control.

Adaptive Cruise Control has already been available for a while on some luxury cars but is becoming increasingly more common amongst non-premium brands. Like with ‘regular’ cruise control, Adaptive Cruise Control is designed mainly for use on the motorway.

How is Adaptive Cruise Control different to regular cruise control?

While regular cruise control relies on the driver’s input to select a speed and then simply sticks to it, ACC can adjust the speed on its own to adapt to the current situation.

Utilising both radar and laser sensor technology, Adaptive Cruise Control can scan the road ahead to work out when vehicles in front have changed speed and adjust the speed of the car it’s controlling in response.

With the aid of this technology, the car’s ACC can keep the vehicle a safe distance away from cars in front even if their speed changes numerous times while travelling. With the capable of managing the speed itself, the driver can focus more on just the steering.

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