The concept of cruise control is simple: It allows the driver to maintain the vehicle's speed at a set speed without the need for the brake pedal or accelerator
One of the most innovative and practical features in cars is the cruise control system, which allows drivers to maintain a consistent pace while driving. This feature can help people who frequently commute on the highway feel more comfortable. It can also reduce the risk of fatigue and improve the driving experience. In addition to reducing emissions and fuel consumption, cruise control systems make driving easier by making the process painless.
Cruise control is similar to the driver's actions in braking and acceleration. It merely replicates these actions without actually using the brake pedal or accelerator. Initially, this feature was only controlled by cables.
A cable was used to control the vehicle's throttle position. Depending on the speed at which the driver sets the vehicle's speed, the cable will adjust the throttle to generate the required power.
Modern technology has enabled the development of cruise control systems that are completely electronic. Instead of cables, the system uses sensors to control the throttle position. These sensors are connected to the car's electronic control unit (ECU). Once the driver sets the vehicle’s speed, the system will calculate the required position and wirelessly adjust the throttle to maintain the speed.
Before you start using cruise control, make sure that it's not used in conditions that are not ideal for driving. For instance, it's not recommended to use this feature in low visibility or rain.