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Honda has developed what it calls the world’s first predictive safety cruise control system, which it calls Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control or i-ACC. It will debut on the European market Honda CR-V this year.

The team at Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH basically studied typical European driving styles and used their findings to develop an algorithm that allows a camera and millimeter wave radar to watch out for other vehicles in neighbouring lanes that seem likely to cut into the CR-V’s lane.

This is a step up from traditional adaptive cruise control systems which can only monitor the car directly in front of it. If a vehicle cuts-in from a neighboring lane, traditional adaptive cruise control systems react later, thus requiring stronger braking.

According to Honda, i-ACC is able to predict the likelihood of a cut-in up to five seconds before it occurs so it can react smoothly so as not to startle the driver, who might not yet be aware of the imminent cut-in.

The system applies just a mild braking force initially, with an icon appearing on the multi-info display informing the driver why a slow-down occured. This sounds like something CR-V owners would find really useful in Malaysia, don’t you think? Too bad it sounds like an Europe-only system at the moment.