Adaptive cruise control is one of the first steps in moving towards autonomous driving vehicles, as it allows the vehicle to regulate speed and braking on the highway to maintain a set following interval behind the detected car ahead. Today’s video looks at how Honda implements this system on their vehicles, as well as how Collision Mitigation Braking Systems work. Both systems rely on a millimeter wave radar as well as a monocular camera to detect objects ahead. So how does adaptive cruise control work?
The primary purpose of the system is to travel at the speed selected by the driver, just like traditional cruise control. However, if the vehicle detects another car in front of it that is traveling at a slower speed, the vehicle will reduce its speed to match that of the detected car and a then maintain a selected interval behind the car. The system works by emitting radar waves which bounce off of vehicles ahead and return to the unit. This informs the system of the distance between the two vehicles; changes in that distance inform the system of the vehicles’ relative speeds. So how does the Collision Mitigation Braking System work? The goal of the system is to alert the driver if a collision with a detected vehicle is likely, and then to apply the brakes to reduce the severity of a collision if it’s unavoidable. The system scans up to 330 feet of the road in front of the vehicle and works in three stages if the driver begins to come close to a vehicle detected ahead. Is the kind of technology you’ll be looking for in your next car purchase?
There are many things we all carry around in our cars. Usually, however, these things are items that we don’t really need–books, an extra set of clothing, maybe even some snacks. But there are some things that everyone truly does need to have in their cars in case of emergencies. If you’re ever stuck on the side of the road or lost, here are some of the items you should have in your car.
With so many different types of motor oils available today, it can be difficult to discern which one is best for your car. Although there are many different manufacturers, they each provide different types, including conventional, synthetic, semi synthetic and motor oil that’s been specifically designed for high mileage motors. When it comes to conventional motor oil, the reason it’s called conventional (or standard) is it’s the only petroleum-based motor oil available.