Honda recently announced an intelligent adaptive cruise control as part of safety measurement on top of automatic crash avoidance and braking system which is already available in the automotive market. The system is developed at Honda’s Research Institute Europe in Offenbach Main near Frankfurt and Honda facilities in Japan. It will be debuted in the Executive version of CR-V in Europe.
The system is developed to overcome the shortcoming of the current ACC systems that are most apparent in the high diversity of driving speeds and high traffic density in Europe and thus it will be debuted in Europe first as mentioned by Robert Kastner, Section Leader, Functions Technology, Honda Europe during the launch of new-generation UK-built Honda CR-V.
How does it work? Basically the system consists of a radar sensor which is placed behind the front grille and a camera in front of the rearview mirror. The radar sensor will detect the vehicles surrounding the car whereas the camera will detect the lane markings. Therefore, when other vehicle which running beside the car is travelling in higher speed than yours, the system will predict that the other vehicle will change lane and cut in ahead of you and it will slow down your car speed.
However, there are some limitations such as it is only able to operate if the car speed is more than 80km/h (50mph) or when the lane marking is blurred then the intelligent adaptive cruise control (i-ACC) will default to the regular ACC (adaptive cruise control).
This system is seen s a more advanced system than what is currently available in the market as it take in consideration the behaviors of other road users and act accordingly.