Is there a new Cruise Control coming out?
Advanced Cruise Control (ACC) as it is often called, is an improvement over regular cruise control, and now, Smart Cruise Control (SCC) is an upgrade over ACC. Basically, SCC is the third generation of cruise control, and with each generation, new capabilities are added to further improve a driver’s experience. Hyundai Motor Group developed a Machine Learning Smart Cruise Control (SCC-ML) to help drivers feel more at ease when they use this technology in a Hyundai vehicle.
What is the difference between Advanced Cruise Control and Smart Cruise Control?
Cruise Control is the technology that allows your vehicle to maintain a specific set speed. Usually, cruise control is employed at high speeds so that the driver does not have to hold their foot on the gas pedal for long trips.
Advanced Cruise Control (ACC) is cruise control that goes a step further and adjusts itself to the traffic ahead of it. This means that if the traffic ahead of your vehicle slows to a stop while you have ACC employed, then your vehicle will also come to a stop. If speeds fluctuate as you drive, the ACC will keep a pre-set distance from the vehicle ahead of yours, without exceeding the set speed you chose.
Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning (SCC-ML) has all of the capabilities of ACC, plus some. SCC-ML uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to learn about the driver’s habits and then mimic them. So, if you tend to accelerate more slowly when you are at one speed, and more quickly when you are at another speed, SCC-ML will learn to take that information and repeat it in similar situations.
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What is the point of Smart Cruise Control?
The point of SCC is to lessen the disparity between the way you drive and the way your vehicle drives when ACC is in use. Some drivers may experience anxiety when their vehicle accelerates or decelerates at a different rate than what they would normally do, and this system will help lessen that anxiety.