Using Cruise Control Properly

August 9, 2023

Cruise control is a feature that allows drivers to keep a constant speed when driving on long highway trips. This feature is a popular option for many vehicles, and it's important to use it responsibly. It's not a good idea to use cruise control in hazardous weather conditions, and it's also important to drive at a safe distance from the car ahead.

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are gaining interest in the market and research field, and adaptive cruise control is one of the most popular features. It can automatically adjust a vehicle's speed to maintain a given time headway with the car in front of it, and it can slow down or accelerate if the driver does not want to keep pace with the leader.

This article will discuss the underlying theory behind adaptive cruise control, and we will compare the results of several studies on it. We will also explain how to properly use cruise control, and we will offer some safety tips that every driver should know.

The earliest variants of cruise control date back to the 17th century, when mechanical engineer James Watt developed a system that allowed steam engines to maintain a constant speed up and down inclines. Cruise control is an automotive servomechanism that takes over the throttle, and it can be engaged with a simple switch on the steering wheel. Most cruise control systems have a memory feature that allows them to resume a previous set speed, and most of them include a coast feature that reduces the set speed without using the brakes.


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