Marvellous on motorways, cruise control helps deliver a more relaxed you to your destination.

 

In this video we look at whether current cruise control actually works and if it’s worth including in your new car purchase. We also look at some models with cruise control worth considering.

Cruise control has been around for donkeys’ years. Yet, it’s only since all the coverage about autonomous driving has kicked off that it’s really come into its own. So what do you need to know about the tech that can help you avoid speeding fines and make motorway driving more comfortable?

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The focus on cruise control has come about from developments in camera and radar technology. It’s now cheaper to put them in cars. If you can give the car 'sight', you can engineer it to help you drive. Before, car makers could programme motors to maintain a particular speed, but would need to rely on the driver to brake if there was congestion. Now the car can see what’s in front, it can use a radar to maintain a preset distance and brake when other cars cut in.

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We’re not going to lie, it feels blimmin’ weird when the car is not only braking itself, but it’s also maintaining its lane between the white lines. Once you get used to it – and crucially learn to trust that the vehicle will react – your journey is much more pleasant. You can also be safe in the knowledge that when set with the limiter, particularly on those irritating stretches of camera-monitored ‘Average 50mph’ carriageway, the chance of being caught speeding slides to zero. 

Clearly, this technology is a stepping stone to self-driving cars and glimpses of the future can be seen when you use it. It’s also worth noting that the more you use it, the less novel it feels. No longer are you driving the future. That level of trust means you know you’ll be prepared for the self-driving revolution.

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