Recently I overheard a Fourlane Ford customer, who was in for an oil change in our Quick Lane, speaking with one of our Sales Consultant and laughing that he had just figured out what Adaptive Cruise Control was on his new F-150.
Adaptive Cruise Control, also known in the newest Ford models as Ford Co-Pilot360, has been around for a while, but did you know there are different levels of Adaptive Cruise Control? Let us explain further.
Available on select Ford vehicles, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) employs advanced radar and camera technology that lets you set a cruising speed and distance from the vehicle ahead of you. When it slows down, you automatically do too; when traffic speed picks back up, you resume your preset speed and distance. Adaptive Cruise Control with 'Stop-and-Go' enables you to come to a complete stop when the vehicle ahead stops.* 'Lane Centering' scans the lane markings to help you stay in your lane if the system detects you’re drifting out of it. And that’s not all.
Finally, there’s Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, which includes all of these features plus new Speed Sign Recognition that can automatically adjust the set speed of your vehicle to the posted speed limit. Now that's smart!
If you would like to learn how to use the ACC of your Ford vehicle, please check out one of the video resources below. If you’d like to talk to a Fourlane Ford Sales Consultant about buying or ordering a vehicle with Co-Pilot 360 Assist, please call us at 403-227-3311, or visit our website.
*If the vehicle is stopped for more than three seconds, the driver must intervene and press the “RES” button or accelerator pedal to resume system operation.
Can you disable Adaptive Cruise Control?
Yes, Adaptive Cruise Control can be turned on and off on Ford models equipped with it.
Does Adaptive Cruise Control use your brakes?
Yes, it does utilize limited braking but doesn’t wear out the brakes as it uses engine braking to slow the vehicle using the downshift of the transmission.
Is Adaptive Cruise Control called by other names?
Yes, Ford’s new vehicles are equipped with Co-Pilot 360 Assist. It is sometimes called autonomous cruise control, dynamic cruise control, active cruise control, radar cruise control, and intelligent cruise control.
Can adaptive cruise control be added aftermarket?
There are aftermarket kits available, but there may need to be other modifications done to your vehicle to accommodate the systems.
How to Use Ford Adaptive Cruise Control
Ford Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
Ford Adaptive Cruise Control With Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering
Ford Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control