The future of cars and cruise control

The future of cars and cruise control

Hannah Cunningham

      We all know how annoying traffic jams are when you are trying to get home after a long trip. On the other hand, the car industry has came up with a solution to solve our roadrage.

      Many researchers have been researching and testing solutions to resolve the stop-and-go driving. But for this to work everything has to be right to keep everyone safe.

      Berthold Horn, a co-author of the report and professor at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory explained that if the car suddenly brakes then the rest of the cars behind it breaks until it fully stops. Horn wants to redesign the cruise control setting in cars to watch the space in front of you between the next car. Horn says this could only work if enough people have this feature on the road.

      “Although this will not fully solve our traffic problems it is a step in the right direction. We cannot fix the car crash ahead or the construction, but we can do the best to flow through easily,” says Horn.

      Many cars already have this new feature, turning cruise control on, the car automatically breaking when you are close to the car in front of you, putting you at the same speed of that car.

      Volkswagen, Tesla, Honda, Volvo, Toyota, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia, GM, Ford, BMW, and Chrysler all have cars with the cruise control setting. Many new cars coming out have auto braking, LED lights, traction control, and lane departure warnings. Many of these cars can cost over $100,000. With these features and the driverless cars coming out, society is excited to take the next step into the future, but in order to do this every car has to be safe enough to put onto the road.

      In the near future your next car purchase could include these features. Will you like these features or would you rather live in the past?