Two weeks and a few days after going down the 401 with an adaptive cruise control, we have done the same road trip with an old school cruise control. One experience being fresh in the memory bank, its almost instinctive to make comparisons.
Here is the deal
- From our perspective with an adaptive or old school cruise control obvious that you need to be more aware with the old school cruise control.
- At one point a straight truck as we were starting to pass started moving into our lane, brake to scrub off speed, honk the horn, and finally the truck gets back in its lane. Good chance the driver of the truck dozed off momentarily. You have to wonder if an adaptive cruise control would have caught the truck moving over?
- At another point a small car without checking its rear view mirrors abruptly pulls into our lane to pass a truck. We scrub off speed which an adaptive cruise control would have done. What do you do after a vehicle almost jumps in front of you to pass a semi. The "monitored" adaptive cruise control is now being controlled by the vehicle that jumped in its lane. The old school "driven" cruise control would probably make sure that the car that jumped in front got a clear message.
With a monitored car (adaptive cruise control)
- Easier to let the vehicle deal with the traffic bubble around it.
- Some sort of reassurance that you will not rear end anyone.
- Not as easy to create passing opportunities when there is lane congestion.
With a driven car (old school cruise control)
- Much easier to pass since the driver controls the distance not the technology.
- A higher sense of control than being controlled by the envelope around the vehicle.
- Easier to create passing opportunities when the lanes are congested.
These drives are usually uneventful which is the ideal monitored car mode, when events out of your control do happen, its almost instant. Still wondering if the technology in a monitored car would have caught the truck changing lanes with the car in the next lane?
We could entertain an interesting discussion, and perhaps even lenghty. It struck us doing the same travel on the same road we should share our thoughts and observations.