Although Honda Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control is debuting in Europe and may not reach Canada for a few years, the impressive new innovation is fascinating and certainly worth understanding. Constantly at the cutting-edge of automotive technology and design, Honda has developed the world’s first predictive cruise control system and will roll it out on the Executive Grade Honda CR-V in Europe during 2015. But before we dive into specifics, let’s take a broader look at the new system by simply answering the question, “What is Honda Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control?”
Simply put, Honda Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (I-AAC) is a cruise control system capable of predicting and reacting to the behavior of other vehicles. For instance, when a vehicle cuts into your lane, the Honda Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control system would foresee the behavior as many as five seconds before it happens, gently apply the brakes while alerting the driver with a dashboard light, then brake a little more to ensure a safe following distance.
The predictive cruise control system is debuting in Europe because a research team associated with the technology has been studying European driving habits and patterns for years. Currently, it works in Europe because the system can detect which side of the road drivers are on and determines which neighbouring vehicle require the most awareness.
Driving habits in North America are significantly more erratic than those in Europe, so it becomes a larger challenge to implement Honda Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control in Canada, but it certainly is possible. While we might not see the full technology for quite a few years into the future, keep an eye out for more predictive safety features in new Honda models in the next few years.
For the time being, many new Honda models, including the 2015 Honda CR-V, offer an available Adaptive Control feature without the predictive function, which is a great safety and convenience asset for drivers. Get behind the wheel and see how adaptive cruise control works at Wheaton Honda.