Talk:Cruise control

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Any information on the possible addition of penalty switches to cruise controls?

Proposal to merge Adaptive cruise control into Cruise control[edit]

Both adaptive cruise control (ACC) and "standard" cruise control (CC) aim to accomplish the same task; the primary difference between them is the level of automation, the former being an advance over the latter. It is not unreasonable to anticipate that some form of ACC or the general principle behind ACC might become synonymous with CC in the future — but for the time being, ACC is a relatively new variant of CC.

A significant part of the ACC article does not appear to be ACC-specific but rather describes a standard CC setup in an American automobile (it might be standard outside of the United States as well, but that is the only country whose vehicles I am familiar with, and it reads as the standard for that segment of the market). This description is generally lacking from the CC article but does need a look from some perspective to see that it is not country-specific.

An alternative to the merger would be to pare back the ACC content in this article and use the {{main}} template to refer to the ACC article.

Which do you think would be best and why ...

  • keep the articles completely separate
  • merge the articles
  • keep the articles separate but refer to the ACC article as a sub-topic article from the CC article using {{main}}

Thanks for giving this a think. User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 22:59, 31 December 2005 (UTC)

Put ACC into CC, I'd say. The pi pirate 06:17, 14 January 2006 (UTC)


[Cruise control] was invented by James Watt and Matthew Boulton in 1788 for use in locomotives. This is surprisingly early, comparing it to the modern history of rail transport which started in the 1820s. --Abdull 19:51, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

My reversion to restore removed content[edit]

I reverted to restore the history section, which had been deleted entirely, and most of a bullet in the advantages/disadvantages section which had been deleted. These might have been edits meant to improve the article, but there were no edit summaries accomapanying them and, in my opinion, they did not improve the article. In particular, the removal of the entire history section could be discussed here (please) before being done. Regards, User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 23:59, 22 May 2006 (UTC)


The editor above has a point: since locomotive gives Trevithick (1804) as the inventor of the locomotive, it seems impossible that the technology was invented for this purpose in the 1780s. At the very least, a reference is needed. 15:13, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

Perhaps someone doesn't understand the difference between a steam engine and a locomotive. The invention was for the former, not the latter. --Michael Daly (talk) 06:11, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

Fuel Efficiency[edit]

Though the Wikipedia article, in the section Advantages And Disadvantages, claims that cruise control "usually results in better fuel efficiency", here is a newspaper article claiming the opposite. Can any source be cited for the claim in the Wikipedia article? This newspaper article could then be put in the Adaptive Cruise Control section. This Goodyear article about halfway down backs up both of those articles. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:58, 21 January 2012 (UTC)