All of the new Ford cars for sale in Indiana are about to undergo a significant change. Technology has been aiming for a driverless system for years now. While the world isn’t quite there yet, Ford is doing its best to make driving as painless as possible. In order to do that, they are building on the existing technology that allows for things like adaptive cruise control to make driving more pleasant, even in areas where traffic jams or slow-moving traffic might be a common event.
Cruise Control Technology
When cruise control was first developed, those who made long trips suddenly found themselves in a position to be able to be a bit more relaxed while driving. They no longer had to keep their foot on the gas pedal for hours at a time. Instead, they could rely on the car to maintain speed. They were even able to set the speed at which the car was driven.
For many, this made long trips a lot more pleasant and physically comfortable because they didn’t have to maintain constant pressure on the pedal. The only issue was that if they had to slow down at some point, the process had to start all over again.
Eventually, cruise control progressed so that you could get back to your original speed and maintain it much faster. You could also adjust the settings to slow your speed down for a length of time before resuming a faster pace. Though this helped, it still didn’t altogether solve the constant need to have to slow down and reset the cruise control.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control was a game changer. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible even on the interstate to go for hours on end without ever having to slow the vehicle down, especially if there is any kind of traffic around you. Sometimes you simply can’t get out of the right lane fast enough to allow traffic to get onto the interstate.
Instead, you have to slow down to allow them safe access. Also, you might not hit a red light, but you may have to slow down in order to allow for the people who are moving forward after being stopped at a red light. Adaptive cruise control made all of this much easier to manage.
When you are driving with the cruise control on, adaptive cruise control takes over when the car slows down due to traffic or other issues. It maintains a steady pace, but when the speed drops below about 12 miles per hour, the driver has to go back to manual driving.
Ford’s upgrade to the adaptive cruise control allows for much slower speeds and even complete stops. In fact, Bloomington car dealers will make it clear that while this isn’t driverless technology, it does allow a car to use cruise control even when the car is stopped. It simply keeps asking you every few seconds to push a button in order to keep the cruise control active. For those who spend a lot of time in traffic, driving just got a lot less stressful.
Contact Bloomington Ford LINCOLN today to learn more about this and other new technologies from Ford that are set to be released soon.