Cruise control provides one of the many comforts of modern driving, and with BMW Active and Dynamic Cruise Control, you can perfectly adapt it to your needs. Active Cruise Control adjusts your cruising speed to the vehicle in front of you and keeps you separated with preset spacing, while Dynamic Cruise Control maintains you at a set speed without the adaptation functionality. Both on their own, or switching between the two, it’s easy to do in your BMW. Follow along below and immerse yourself in the world of BMW cruise control, from us at Edmonton BMW, your choice local BMW dealer in the area!
What is Active Cruise Control?
Active Cruise Control in your BMW lets you set a speed for your vehicle to maintain when applicable. It has this preset speed, but also due to the “active” part of the system will adjust given the situations around you, and what’ve you set-up in its settings. This means it’ll adapt to a slower vehicle that gets in your way in front of you, anticipating and reacting to the change in the path ahead. The system allows you to vary the distance kept between you and the vehicle in front of you. It does so by reducing acceleration and putting on the brakes in some cases to stay within its set distance and adaptive speed. The vehicle starts again automatically after only a few seconds if the vehicle in front stops and starts again. Your BMW will revert back to its normal set pace once the slow vehicle is out of your lane.
What is Dynamic Cruise Control?
Dynamic Cruise Control is the more traditional form of cruise control on your BMW, maintaining at a set speed without “active” properties that adjust to the traffic speed around it. But beyond just regular cruise control you might find in other vehicles, this BMW technology offers a few more benefits. The system will assist in applying brakes when going downhill if it deems the engine braking power isn’t enough. A curve speed limiter is another beneficial feature, slowing the cruising vehicle speed down when the BMW detects it’s going around a bend or a curve, then resuming to the set speed once out of the area.
How to Switch Between Active and Dynamic Cruise Control
Driving is an unpredictable activity, one that may cause you to desire differing forms of vehicle response, and so does your BMW SUV or car offer. You can easily switch between Active and Dynamic Cruise Control, given your environment or just personal preference. Under BMW Operating System 7, activate cruise control through the Assisted Drive button on your steering wheel. This is where you adjust your distance setting for the cruise control (shown in the instrument panel), with the toggle buttons as well on your steering wheel. Deactivation of this system to Dynamic Cruise Control is done by simply pressing down on either the up or down toggle until the deactivation message of the distance control is shown on your digital instrument panel screen. Now you’ll no longer have the functionality to adjust cruise control speed to the vehicle in front of you until you turn it back on.
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