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What is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and How Does it Work?

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Here’s a detailed explanation of active cruise control (acc) and how it works

The Chevrolet Impala has been available with Adaptive Cruise Control since the 2014 model year

Each day, as internet users browse the web in order to research and learn about the newest automobiles, they read about new advanced safety technologies that auto brands highlight in order to help sell vehicles. One of these newer technologies often mentioned is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

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In case you’re not already familiar, ACC is a more advanced form of cruise control that not only maintains a preset driving speed, but can also slow down or speed up a car based on the speed of traffic in front of the vehicle. All drivers have to do is set the preferred speed of their vehicle, as well as how many seconds they would like to stay behind the car in front of them.

Cars equipped with ACC systems use cameras and/or lasers to read the speed of the vehicle traveling directly ahead, and then the inboard computer determines the distance between the two automobiles. If a slower moving vehicle is detected, the ACC system can send a message to the brakes to decelerate, and once it detects that slower vehicle is out of the way, it can also send a message to accelerate back to the pre-set speed.

Active cruise control, radar cruise control, autonomous cruise control, and intelligent cruise control are all synonyms for Adaptive Cruise Control.

There are several General Motors vehicles that are available with Adaptive Cruise Control, including the 2016 Cadillac Escalade, 2016 Cadillac ATS, and 2016 Chevrolet Impala, as well as the outgoing Cadillac XTS sedan and Cadillac SRX crossover.

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