Honda is set to launch their take on a driving safety aid in the form of a predictive cruise control system that it calls the i-ACC, which stands for Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control. The i-ACC has the capability to brake and slow down the car, in case it detects another car cutting into the lane that it occupies.
The i-ACC employs a camera and radar to ascertain the position of other vehicles on the road, in relation to its own. Using algorithms, the system is able to determine if a vehicle is going to drive into the lane it occupies. It is said to be quick enough to predict such an event about five seconds before it occurs.This is supposedly faster than standard adaptive cruise control (ACC) which therefore would require harder braking.
The advantage that the new cruise control system presents over the other ones is that it applies the brake in a much gentle manner during the initial stages, when it detects that a vehicle will cut in. Simultaneously, an icon is displayed to notify the driver as to why the vehicle is slowing down. The i-ACC then increases the braking force to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle that has just joined its lane. The entire process is smooth and designed to avoid surprising the driver.
Dr. Kleinehagenbrock who is responsible for the i-ACC at the Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmBH says, i-ACC takes cruise control systems to a whole new level, offering what we call 'predictive safety'."
Designed for the European driving environment, the research was carried out by Honda's in house R&D team in Europe and Japan. Driving behaviour across Europe was researched in order to develop the algorithms.
This driver aid will be available in the European spec 2015 Honda CR-V Executive edition.