Adaptive Cruise Control Could Cut Your Commute in Half

The new adaptive cruise control technology can make roads safer and faster for car drivers.

If you commute to work from the suburbs every day, you probably spend a lot of time staring at the taillights of other cars while you’re crawling along at the pace of a toddler testing out a tricycle. But with adaptive cruise control, you could be home in half the time.

The adaptive cruise control technology relies on radar sensors to detect nearby cars, and automatically adjust your vehicle’s speed to maintain a safe distance. In studies, the technology has been proven to reduce traffic jams and cut driving times—when a quarter of cars on a simulated highway were equipped with A.C.C., travel time dropped by 37.5 percent, according to the New York Times.

A number of car models, including the 2012 Ford Taurus and the 2012 Audi A8, are already equipped with A.C.C. technology, and many car manufacturers are building the technology into future models.

It’s estimated that within the next five years, 6.9 million new cars will come standard with A.C.C. each year. The more drivers are taking advantage of the tool, the safer we’ll be—and the faster we’ll get home every night.