This is one of the innovations presented Wednesday at the Tokyo Motor Show. So far used rather on the highway or on expressways, speed regulators will soon be used in the city, taking into account the peculiarities of traffic in built-up areas.
Currently, on highways or expressways, most of these regulators know how to adapt to the speed of the car in front. However, this new generation of regulators will also take intersections into account, and automatically slow down the vehicle as the red light approaches, before restarting as soon as the light turns green. An innovation proposed by BMW, which allows, even in the city, to drive without touching the pedals.
Cruise control will adapt to the driving style of the driver
To avoid accidents involving other vehicles, there are also systems capable of anticipating the behavior of other motorists. For example, if a driver rolls with his regulator, and a car suddenly comes in front of him, the car will anticipate the movement and slow down by itself. Honda, who introduced this technology, took into account the European driving style and explains that it is able to anticipate a fishtail or overtaking on the right.
And research continues to advance among different manufacturers, to better configure these regulators. Hyundai, for example, has introduced a cruise control that adapts to the driving style of the driver, who no longer needs to set a speed or distance safety. The system will read the panels itself and dose the accelerator and braking as the driver would have done. It's not the autonomous car yet, but it's getting closer.