In the next three years, adaptive cruise control will be on as many as 14 vehicle models in North America, said Jerry Bricker, vice president and general sales manager for Omron Automotive Electronics Inc.
Omron supplies a critical forward sensor to adaptive cruise control systems. The Novi, Mich., supplier's technology will be in Infiniti's complete North American lineup this fall.
"We expect adaptive cruise control to be on 10 percent of vehicles within five to six years," Bricker said.
Bricker is demonstrating the technology on an Infiniti QX4 at the Management Briefing Seminars this week.
Adaptive cruise control allows a driver to set the vehicle at a driving speed, then choose a set distance to keep between itself and a vehicle ahead. The system automatically slows down the vehicle. Omron's sensor can detect a vehicle up to about 425 feet ahead.
Adaptive cruise control is available on about eight vehicle models in North America. It's offered by luxury automakers, such as Cadillac, Jaguar and Lexus.
A key barrier to making the technology more mainstream is cost, Bricker said. The cost to an automaker for the sensor used is about $200, but it is coming down closer to $150, he said.