Honda will debut a cruise control system that can foresee and react to other vehicles cutting into the driver's lane. The system, dubbed Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, will be available on the Euro-spec 2015 CR-V.
The i-ACC system predicts when a car will bolt into a lane up to five seconds beforehand, and in order to not startle the driver, it gently applies the brakes to prevent an accident. It then will apply a stronger brake to keep a safe distance from the other car. An icon on the display informs the driver why automatic braking was necessary.
Like many vehicle safety systems, i-ACC uses camera and radar to determine the position of other vehicles on the road. This particular cruise control also applies an algorithm that predicts the likelihood of "cut-ins" based on how nearby vehicles on the road are relating to each other at a given moment. As the technology is specially designed for European roads, Honda researched driver behavior across Europe to determine the algorithm.
For now, the technology will only be available on Europe's 2015 Honda CR-V Executive model. But considering that Honda built the technology to work for both left-hand and right-hand driving, there is a possibility it could reach the U.S. in the future.