Yesterday driving (my car) on the 404 southbound (if you know the GTA) on a mission to fetch the next vehicle to review. As I emerge from the on ramp in the right lane, and start chequing the mirrors to progress to the middle lane.
You know when you notice an unfamiliar grille...is it a Genesis, is it an Equus, grille seems too big for a Genesis...linger in the middle lane to let the car come up in the left lane...its an Equus...first time I see an Equus on the road. Reasonable street presence, but not a wow moment.
Get behind the Equuus, the restengular exhaust tips are cool, acceptable stance from the rear, on a few occasions the brake lights of the Equus light up depending on traffic conditions.
Here is the deal....
This Equus is on the cruise control at a speed slightly higher (+ 5 kph) than the flow of traffic. As the brake lights come on a few times, its obvious that a human would not brake in such a fashion, plus the car resumes instantly after braking.
Could it be? Sure looks like it...YES this Equus is on the adaptive cruise control set at xxx kph. Following the car, the moment its brakes lights blinked, I momentarily let off the gas, to maintain a constant distance from the Equus, as its doing with the vehicle in front.
As an aside, this is easy if you have had an opportunity to drive a vehicle with an adaptive cruise control for enough kilometers to acquire an understanding of how the adaptive cruise control behaves, and its decision process under various conditions.
Followed the Equus for several kilometers, at one point the car in front of the Equus changed lanes, and as expected the Equus accelerated vigorously seeking to achieve its set speed.
Wondering when or if it will present itself again, to follow a vehicle on the adaptive cruise control, and replicate the actions of the cruise while following the car, a unique experience. Yes the human brain fully engaged in driving is "smarter" than an adaptive cruise control, especially that you can anticipate ahead of the vehicles immediately in front of you.