Adaptive Cruise Control allows a driver to use cruise control in traffic. It maintains a set speed until another vehicle appears ahead, then it slows to trail it by a constant time interval, which can be adjusted. A red light, or the brakes, come on if the interval is too close. Adaptive Cruise Control can discern relatively small targets in clutter and can distinguish moving and immobile objects when rounding turns. It functions at speeds up to 112 mph and disconnects with warning at speeds below 18 mph. The driver can exit or override Adaptive Cruise Control, and thus retains ultimate control of the vehicle.
Mechanical scan of a wide swath with patented, frequency-modulated, continuous wave technology, results in superior target discrimination, which opens a wide scope of interpretive applications software. It is minimally affected by weather, but self-detects if blockages, such as snow or mud, inhibit operation. This small unit can mount inside a vehicle so that it does not compromise body profile and is not externally visible.
Delco has designed Adaptive Cruise Control for automotive volume production, overcoming several significant challenges to creation of a small, manufacturable package. Adaptive Cruise Control is thus positioned to become a standard sensory system platform to support collision warning and other features of electronic vehicles when the demand for them materializes.
Adaptive Cruise Control with mechanical scan was first offered on the 2000 Jaguar XKR. Other customers are being booked.