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Car active safety systems explained

Car active safety systems explained

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses the vehicle’s forward-looking radar or cameras to detect slower-moving traffic and automatically adjust your speed accordingly. The driver sets a maximum speed and the vehicle maintains it, like with a typical cruise control system, but with the added ability to automatically slow down when another vehicle is in the way.

Understanding the restrictions of these systems is vital, as ACC systems cannot adequately respond to stopped traffic from high speeds.

Furthermore, while some are offered with “stop and go” functionality, others will automatically disengage below a certain speed, abruptly releasing the brake and requiring driver input for slow-moving traffic.

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