Technology Spotlight: Adaptive Cruise Control
New technology is making our roadways safer. Adaptive cruise control is one such innovation that can prevent accidents by maintaining speed as well as following distance. This feature will allow drivers to make long treks with the help of an automatic guide.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our auto accident attorneys welcome new technologies that make driving safer. Previously, we focused on automatic emergency braking in our technology spotlight blog, which is preventing accidents by alerting drivers to an impending crash and braking for them if necessary. Now, we take a look at adaptive cruise control and its potential benefits for drivers across America.
How Adaptive Cruise Control Works
Adaptive cruise control is an improved version of traditional cruise control, in which you can increase or decrease your car's speed to maintain a consistent following distance that you pre-set. Advanced cruise control can also slow or stop your car if in traffic, then accelerate for you when the roadway is clear.
Adaptive cruise control uses sensors, including radar and computer connected cameras, to observe the road ahead. The sensors and cameras are capable of detecting and responding to cars in front of you. To use the system, the driver must accelerate to the desired speed, then turn on the automatic cruise control. You will then tell the system how close you want your following distance gap, usually pre-set to short, medium, or long distances. The automatic cruise control will now be on and monitoring your speed and following distance.
It is imperative that drivers remain vigilant and continue to watch the road closely ahead. Bad weather, including heavy fog or rain, could impact the ability of the sensors to detect current road conditions. In poor weather or driving conditions, you should not rely on automatic cruise control. However, the technology can empower the driver to pay more attention to the road, and spend less energy on maintaining the appropriate following distance.
Many New Vehicles Now Offer Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control has become increasingly popular. Several major automakers offer it as an option, and it comes standard on some higher end vehicles. Other names for ACC include active cruise control, radar cruise control, automatic cruise control, and more. Different systems have varying capabilities.
If you are in the market for a new car, it may be worth investigating adaptive cruise control and other new technologies, like automatic emergency braking. These features can help to keep your family safe in the event of a near accident. Remember that no technological feature can replace vigilance and sound driver judgment.
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