Cruise controlCruise control
is a system to control the speed
of an automobile
. The driver sets the speed and the system will take over the acceleration of the car to maintain the same speed. Most systems can be turned off explicitly, or automatically when the driver hits the brake
. Cruise control often includes a resume feature to resume the set speed after braking and a coast feature to reset the speed lower without braking.
This feature can be handy for long drives across sparsely populated roads, and usually results in higher gas mileage.
Most countries establish that it is illegal to drive within city limits with the cruise control feature activated. Cruise control can also lead to accidents outside of the city, as the lack of need to maintain constant pedal pressure can help lead to highway hypnosis.