Amazing Everyday Automotive Tech

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Adaptive Cruise Control
Cruise control has been around for years — the driver sets a speed and the car will stay at that speed until the brakes get tapped or the cruise gets turned off with the flick of a switch. But with adaptive cruise control, the speed gets set and the car locks on that pace unless the vehicle ahead of it slows. Adaptive cruise slows to keep a set distance behind the car in front and, in some cases, can follow the car in front all the way to a full stop. One of the latest iterations of adaptive cruise control found in the Audi A4 will adjust speed based on speed-limit signs as well as curves in the road ahead. Adaptive cruise control is available on a wide variety of vehicles, including lower-priced models such as the Mazda Mazda3, Honda CR-V and Chrysler 200.

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