What in the world is: Adaptive Cruise Control?
This is yet another awesome feature that I discovered and got to experience firsthand while driving the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and filming our wildly fun and mildly popular “Joyride” video. On that particular vehicle it was labelled “Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go”. It’s half of the technology, the other half being the LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, that made the vehicle practically drive itself while we were out on the highway. It was following the vehicle in front of us at a set distance and matching it’s speed while the technology built in the the LaneSense kept us between the white lines without driver input (though it IS important to note it does not do so indefinitely in the event you absolutely NEED to be outside o the lines for whatever reason because it WILL fight you a little on the steering wheel). In a nutshell, through both video and radar the vehicle identifies the location of vehicles traveling ahead with the same technology used for Forward Collision Warning. While Cruise Control is active the predetermined follow distance will not allow the vehicle to get any closer to a vehicle in front of it than it is set and will match the vehicle’s speed. Once the vehicle moves to another lane (or exits on the highway) your vehicle will resume it’s set speed on the Cruise Control until it detects another vehicle in front of it and does it all over again. You can even adjust the follow distance with the buttons on the steering wheel at any point in time if you feel you’re following too close or not close enough in slower, denser traffic. It will even bring the vehicle to a complete stop in an emergency situation if someone were to pull out in front of you and once the vehicle or obstruction is removed it and the driver hits a button or taps the accelerator it will accelerate back to your set speed. This is some really interesting and cutting edge technology! Here’s the official word from Chrysler about it:
Adaptive Cruise Control (with Stop and Go)
- Uses radar and video sensors to identify the locations of vehicles traveling ahead of the vehicle
- Has sensors to help ensure the vehicles are separated by a gap (determined by the driver)
- Can aggressively deploy the vehicle’s brakes to affect a full stop, even if the driver never touches the brake pedal when the gap is dramatically breached.
- Resumes travel when the driver presses a button on the steering wheel or taps the accelerator pedal
- Is engaged by the driver in much the same way as traditional cruise control via an on/off switch
- Allows the driver to set a following distance of “short”, “medium” or “long”. The following distance determines the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you
- Slows the vehicle, if there is traffic ahead, by coasting or by applying up to 25% of the vehicle’s braking capability to maintain the driver’s set following distance
- Will also decrease the vehicle’s preset speed when another vehicle pulls into the same lane
- Will accelerate the vehicle back to the preset speed when a vehicle in front speeds up or leaves the lane
- Helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and under certain conditions, can bring the vehicle to a full stop without driver intervention
- Enhances convenience by reducing the need to manually accelerate or brake with changes in traffic flow
- Allows the cruise control to adjust as needed so that the driver doesn’t have to
This feature is one of my favorite yet with all the traveling between our locations I do. It’s awesome because it is both a piece of convenience as well as a huge safety advantage to keep you, your family and others on the road free from harm. I stand by my previous comments that these are some of the safest vehicles on the road and that the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is, to date, my favorite vehicle I’ve ever been behind the wheel of!
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Jason Lee Gibson
Your Automotive Digital Informant