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The latest trend in the Indian automotive market is Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Though this system has been present in most Volvo Cars since some time back, the system started trending in the country with the launch of Mahindra XUV700 and MG Astor.
Though Cruise control is a much-hyped feature in advertisements of cars, the feature is somewhat not suited to Indian driving conditions.
Activating Cruise Control, helps the car maintain a set speed limit without any accelerator input from the driver. This reduces fatigue during long journeys. However, the system gets deactivated once the driver uses the brake pedal to slow down or stop the car.
This means, using Cruise Control on busy Indian highways is a task itself. This is where the Adaptive Cruise Control that is part of ADAS comes into the picture.
The Adaptive Cruise Control works mostly like a Cruise Control but with added assistance. This means the vehicle with Adaptive Cruise Control can automatically adapt to the speed of the vehicle in front without any braking assistance from the driver.
With the Adaptive Cruise Control engaged, the driver doesn't have to brake for any slower moving traffic as the vehicle itself will adapt to the speed of the vehicle in front. Apart from that, the vehicle can cruise at a set speed limit once traffic in front of the vehicle has been cleared up.
Apart from this, Vehicles equipped with ADAS sometimes have Lane-Keep Assist feature. This feature takes the steering control for a few seconds and the system should not be confused with the Lane Departure Warning System, which warns the driver when the vehicle move switched lane.
Lane-Keep Assist feature uses a forward-facing camera to monitor the lanes and keep the vehicle within that lane by taking control of the steering.
Other than Volvo vehicles, MG Gloster is the first vehicle in this list to come with adaptive cruise control and other Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). However, the MG Gloster does not offer the Lane-Keeping Assist feature.
The 2WD variant of the MG Gloster is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine with 160bhp and 375Nm of torque, whereas the 4WD variant of the MG Gloster comes with a more potent twin-turbo setup with 215bhp and 480Nm of torque.
Mahindra XUV700 like the MG Gloster is a full-size SUV and comes with many advanced driver assistance systems. And the SUV comes with a choice of one petrol engine and two diesel engines.
The petrol engine is a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 197bhp and 380Nm of torque. Both the diesel engines are 2.2-litre units, where the more powerful version pushes out 182bhp and 450Nm of torque, whereas the base version puts out 153bhp and 360Nm of torque.
MG Astor is the most affordable SUV in India to come with ADAS and the five-seater SUV is powered by two engine options. The base engine on offer is a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine with 108.5bhp and 144Nm of torque.
There is also a sportier and more potent 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 138bhp and 220Nm of torque.
Other than these vehicles, Suzuki has also revealed the latest S-Cross. In International markets, the new S-Cross comes with ADAS and Suzuki's renowned All-Grip all-wheel-drive system.
However, we are not sure if this model with a near-identical feature list could make it to our shores.
Thoughts About Adaptive Cruise Control and ADAS
Systems like adaptive cruise control and ADAS can not only improve road safety and reduce the number of accidents, but it can also contribute to more relaxed driving for users.