Fit to be tried: When cruise-control technology measures up

102416-sc-when-your-finger-is-the-key-to-starting-your-new-vehicle_main-imageVehicle technology is changing so fast it can be a challenge for drivers to keep up. Designed to make driving safer and easier, new technology has tested drivers’ adaptability.

“The level of confusion about features that have been standard in American cars for quite a while was really surprising,” said Daniel McGehee, director of the Transportation and Vehicle Safety Research Division at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, after a recent study.

In this blog post, we’re talking about adaptive cruise control, which measures the distance between cars and adjusts speed by automatically accelerating or braking.


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“It’s not your grandpa’s cruise control,” according to the host of the video below.

The university is cooperating with the National Safety Council through the website to provide information to new-vehicle owners on current technology. This includes videos and informational graphics that are entertaining and educational.

The video presented here, “A smarter cruise control,” comes from, and is a continuation of a bi-weekly series on this blog. A 30-second quick guide also follows, plus a brief introduction to Rick and Scout, who host the full-length videos.

Adaptive cruise control

Quick guide video

Rick and Scout