What does cruise control do

How does a distance controller or cruise control work?

A long drive is always exhausting and makes you tired. In principle, every driver should always be well rested and fit behind the wheel, but in reality this is unfortunately not always the case.

Driving back to Cologne from a business trip after a 12-hour working day from Munich - supposedly no problem for a trained driver. But also the most experienced drivers become tired and therefore unable to concentrate - before a break can be taken, it is often too late. Together with the "Best co-driver - smart cars are better received" campaign of the German Road Safety Council (DVR) and its partners, we explain here how adaptive cruise control can support you while driving.

Distance controller and cruise control work together

Long become ordinary Cruise control in cars built in, which keep a predetermined speed on long journeys. Such a cruise control is a great help for the driver for a journey of several hundred kilometers on the autobahn. A new driver assistance system, which is being installed in many new cars, should now relieve frequent drivers even more. The Distance controller or adaptive cruise control called (ACC - Adaptive Cruise Control) is, so to speak, the next generation of simple cruise control and offers a few more functions.

Driver assistance systems - distance controllers in the video

Distance controller

Safety distance is maintained - accidents avoided

The journey from Munich to Cologne is for the driver with the proximity controller now even more comfortable. When the road is clear, the car is always guided by the system at the desired speed so that the driver can not constantly regulating the gas got to. In the case of the distance controller, there is now also the fact that it recognizes when another vehicle is driving ahead, reduces the speed if necessary and automatically maintains the specified safety distance.

Also in Stop-and-go traffic and traffic jams the wizard is of great help. It brakes the car, registers when the vehicle in front drives off again and follows accordingly.

Learner drivers learn using the Two seconds apart (2 seconds distance to the vehicle in front outside built-up areas) the minimum distance to the vehicle in front must be observed. If the ACC is installed in new driving school cars, the developers advise to stick with the usual learning method and only let schoolchildren try out the system once they have mastered the two-second rule.

Adaptive cruise control only works with sufficient breaks

Because the same applies to the distance controller: Driver assistance systems relieve the driver and contribute to Avoid accidents, however, they are not a guarantee and are not a substitute for human attention. Especially that Problem of fatigue During a long journey, the adaptive cruise control does not cancel it, which is why it is important to take regular breaks.

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