Ford Explorer: Adaptive Cruise Control / Setting the Adaptive Cruise Control Gap

Ford Explorer 2020-2021 Owners Manual / Adaptive Cruise Control / Setting the Adaptive Cruise Control Gap

Press the button to cycle through the four gap settings.

The selected gap appears in the information display as shown by the bars in the image.

Note: The gap setting is time dependent and therefore the distance adjusts with your vehicle speed.

Note: It is your responsibility to select a gap appropriate to the driving conditions.

Adaptive Cruise Control Gap Settings

Each time you switch the system on, it selects the last chosen gap setting.

Following a Vehicle

When a vehicle ahead of you enters the same lane or a slower vehicle is ahead in the same lane, the vehicle speed adjusts to maintain the gap setting.

Note: When you are following a vehicle and you switch on a direction indicator, adaptive cruise control may provide a small temporary acceleration to help you pass.

Your vehicle maintains a consistent gap from the vehicle ahead until:

  • The vehicle in front of you accelerates to a speed above the set speed.
  • The vehicle in front of you moves out of the lane you are in.
  • You set a new gap distance.

The system applies the brakes to slow your vehicle to maintain a safe gap distance from the vehicle in front. The system only applies limited braking. You can override the system by applying the brakes.

Note: The brakes may emit noise when applied by the system.

If the system determines that its maximum braking level is not sufficient, an audible warning sounds, a message appears in the information display and an indicator flashes when the system continues to brake. Take immediate action.

    Setting the Adaptive Cruise Control Speed

    Drive to the speed you prefer. Press the toggle button upward or downward to set the current speed. Take your foot off the accelerator pedal. The indicator, current gap setting and set speed a..

    Canceling and Resuming the Set Speed

    Canceling the Set Speed Press the button or tap the brake pedal. The set speed does not erase. Resuming the Set Speed Press the button. Your vehicle speed returns to the previously set speed..

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