How Does Adaptive Cruise Control work?

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It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for March’s final Special Feature, where we take a more in-depth look into one of the new technologies or features available in vehicles today. This week we’re keeping with recent themes by analyzing another driver-assistive safety feature designed to deliver an extra sense of confidence any time you get behind the wheel. So without further ado, we’re going to dive right into how Adaptive Cruise Control works, and detail exactly what it is in Toyota vehicles.

[ LAST WEEK: How does Forward Collision Warning Work? ]

Essentially, Adaptive Cruise Control – or ACC – is taking normal cruise control a step further. If you’ve had a vehicle equipped with cruise before, then you know it lets you set a cruising speed so that you don’t have to constantly keep your foot on the pedal. ACC adds an extra step by letting you set your desire following distance. Once that following distance is set, then not only will Adaptive Cruise Control keep you at your desired speed, but it will apply pressure to the brakes if your set following distance starts to lessen.

Sometimes ACC pairs with a forward collision prevention system to not just slow you down, but stop the vehicle completely in the event of an unavoidable emergency. However, as always, Adaptive Cruise Control is not substitute for your best judgment. Make sure to still keep a watchful eye on the road, and always remain aware of your surroundings.

What is Toyota Dynamic Radar Cruise Control?

Earlier this month we took a broader look at the new Toyota Safety Sense suite of features as a whole. You might have noticed that a feature called Adaptive Cruise Control wasn’t on the list, but instead something called Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. In truth, the two features are essentially identical, Toyota simply likes to put their own name on things. So whenever you see a vehicle with Toyota Safety Sense standard or available, or if you see the feature Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, just know that ACC comes equipped.

If you’re interested in finding out which vehicles feature Adaptive Cruise Control – or Dynamic Radar Cruise Control for Toyota vehicles – feel free to give us a call right here at the Wheaton Toyota on the Trail sales desk. We can’t wait to help you find the perfect vehicle.

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