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Adaptive cruise control... is there an indicator that notifies driver when car slows?

So I've got adaptive cruise control on my new 2015 Summit. I LOVE the feature but have found that I get annoyed when the car begins to automatically slow due to a slower car in front of it and I don't notice it. Sure, the MPH changes, but I'm curious... is there some sort of a setting somewhere that can be adjusted to give some sort of a "chime" or "light" to let me know that the car is slowing itself down? If I'm constantly having to monitor the speed with ACC enabled it kind of defeats the purpose (on some level). This comes into play on the freeway. Sometimes you're in a lane and don't realize that the Jeep is going slower than intended and that it's time to change lanes to pass!

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Just the speedometer... There's no warning available that I'm aware of.
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Re: Adaptive cruise control... is there an indicator that notifies driver when car sl

Yeah there's a display on the DIC that takes the whole screen to show your car, the bars of your distance and then a car will appear if it's following one.
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Re: Adaptive cruise control... is there an indicator that notifies driver when car sl

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Just the speedometer... There's no warning available that I'm aware of.

Because you have the old instrument cluster, 2014+ is way different.
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Old 05-16-2017, 05:53 AM
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Re: Adaptive cruise control... is there an indicator that notifies driver when car sl

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So I've got adaptive cruise control on my new 2015 Summit. I LOVE the feature but have found that I get annoyed when the car begins to automatically slow due to a slower car in front of it and I don't notice it. Sure, the MPH changes, but I'm curious... is there some sort of a setting somewhere that can be adjusted to give some sort of a "chime" or "light" to let me know that the car is slowing itself down? If I'm constantly having to monitor the speed with ACC enabled it kind of defeats the purpose (on some level). This comes into play on the freeway. Sometimes you're in a lane and don't realize that the Jeep is going slower than intended and that it's time to change lanes to pass!
You've gotta do something about those body sensors that you have 'cause I can tell if I am slowing down or picking up speed even with the eyes closed (i.e. not watching the speedometer).

Also, use your turn signals when it is time to change lanes ! Don't be like the rest of them. Your Jeep might even drop a gear to help you pass when you are on cruise control and engage your turn signal !

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Just the speedometer... There's no warning available that I'm aware of.
It is true. The only true indicator is the speedometer. There are no warning lights, whistles, shakes, vibrations or written notifications...that the car is slowing down or it is about to accelerate while on ACC

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Yeah there's a display on the DIC that takes the whole screen to show your car, the bars of your distance and then a car will appear if it's following one.
It is a gimmick. A useless one. The little cruise control indicator with 4 bars and the car detected in the lower right hand corner would be enough. The screen that magnifies that information and put it in the central panel (LCD) is useless. It only tells the chosen following distance and nothing else; it doesn't tell me if I have anyone behind or to my sides (that's what would be useful, a warning from the blind spot monitoring ion the dashboard, not just in the mirrors), it doesn't provide any useful info.
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^^^Its not useless to OP, it does exactly what he's wanting. Lol that's what he's asking about.. A whole screen you can dedicate to show if you're following a vehicle or not. Fwiw, it's no different than any other car I've had. They all just show a car if you're following someone. Nothing else.
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Re: Adaptive cruise control... is there an indicator that notifies driver when car sl

sad, drivers need to be more engaged not less. ACC is just a tool to make up for lazy drivers, it really shouldn't be necessary

ACC fans flame away ... piloting a vehicle in public is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. It should be rare that the system slows you down, you should be doing that automatically as part of driving
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:20 AM
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^^^Its not useless to OP, it does exactly what he's wanting. Lol that's what he's asking about.. A whole screen you can dedicate to show if you're following a vehicle or not. Fwiw, it's no different than any other car I've had. They all just show a car if you're following someone. Nothing else.
It does not do exactly what he's wanting. He wants an indicator to tell him that he is slowing down (like your inner ear should be telling you!). That screen you are referring to shows the exact same thing as the small indicator in the lower right (how many distance bars, and if it sees a car). Just because it "sees" a car in front doesn't mean it is slowing down. I have to agree with F1anatic...that screen us a redundant waste of a page to have scroll through to go between trip and tire pressure.
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Re: Adaptive cruise control... is there an indicator that notifies driver when car sl

Jeez!

How can you not be "in tune" with your vehicle when driving?
Sorry guys, driving is a serious task that requires attention and focus. If you can't feel your vehicle slowing down or objects becoming nearer, perhaps you should stop texting and get your eyes back on the instruments/road!!!
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Re: Adaptive cruise control... is there an indicator that notifies driver when car sl

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So I've got adaptive cruise control on my new 2015 Summit. I LOVE the feature but have found that I get annoyed when the car begins to automatically slow due to a slower car in front of it and I don't notice it. Sure, the MPH changes, but I'm curious... is there some sort of a setting somewhere that can be adjusted to give some sort of a "chime" or "light" to let me know that the car is slowing itself down? If I'm constantly having to monitor the speed with ACC enabled it kind of defeats the purpose (on some level). This comes into play on the freeway. Sometimes you're in a lane and don't realize that the Jeep is going slower than intended and that it's time to change lanes to pass!
Well yes, there is such a feature. Part of it is the windshield... the rest is the side windows, etc. etc. etc.
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Re: Adaptive cruise control... is there an indicator that notifies driver when car sl

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sad, drivers need to be more engaged not less. ACC is just a tool to make up for lazy drivers, it really shouldn't be necessary

ACC fans flame away ... piloting a vehicle in public is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. It should be rare that the system slows you down, you should be doing that automatically as part of driving
I'm sorry, but I sure am not a "lazy driver", but I do spend a LOT of time on the highway and ACC helps reduce fatigue. It's just cruise control with the ability to maintain separation without driver intervention. For folks who prefer to manually control speed over long distances, that option is certainly available!
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sad, drivers need to be more engaged not less. ACC is just a tool to make up for lazy drivers, it really shouldn't be necessary

ACC fans flame away ... piloting a vehicle in public is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. It should be rare that the system slows you down, you should be doing that automatically as part of driving
That's exactly the point of the system. To take away the mundane slowing down and speeding up on the highway and letting the car do that for you. Obviously it is not meant for stop and go city traffic though. It is not rare that my ACC slows me down, I use the system daily and I love it for what it does.
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