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Old 11-20-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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I rode in a friends luxury model Kia and he showed me how the cruise control follows the car ahead. It was pretty cool. But, when I tried this on a new model Mercedes loaner car, it didn't work (and no, I did not dive full speed ahead into stopped traffic to test it). I don't get in many newer cars, but I'll keep trying them. About what year did they start doing this?
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:52 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Some info here

Autonomous cruise control system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 11-20-2014, 10:44 PM
 
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Thanks, looks like specific makes, models and trim levels. Nothing about new standards like a different dash indicator lamp shape.
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Old 11-21-2014, 12:34 PM
 
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Volvos have a 4" by 10" rectangular piece of black plastic to the right center on the front grill. I think that is a radar sensor. I think other cars would need something similar to have adaptive cruise control.

Also you can take the VIN of the vehicle to a dealer parts department and have them print out the options the car has.

Or read the owner's manual. See if the buttons/indicators mentioned are there or not.

Here is a Volvo with the black rectangular plastic cover just to the left of the Volvo emblem on the front grill...
http://www.tynan.com.au/_media/image...Polestar_2.png
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:20 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Billy J got it right, it's called adaptive cruise, it's been around for about five years or so.
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Old 11-21-2014, 04:21 PM
 
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I think many makers are reconsidering put such control in their cars because of liabliity in failures. More and putting warning systems that notifying the driver. Not sure I even trust a electronic system taking over two controls of the car.I mean if they can't make a assured igniton system switch andn with faulty air bags after all these years. Just me tho.
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