Patent Number: 6,324,465

Title: Automatic cruising control apparatus

Abstract: In automatic cruising control according to the distance between thepreceding and this vehicle (inter-vehicle distance), acceleration anddeceleration force information is visually or acoustically provided to thedriver. A value corresponding to an actual inter-vehicle distance andactual acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle is detected to controlaccording to a target acceleration and deceleration value. The targetacceleration and deceleration value is determined so as to equalize thevalue to a target value corresponding to a target inter-vehicle distance.The driver of the vehicle is informed that at least one of the targetacceleration and deceleration value and the actual acceleration anddeceleration of the vehicle reaches a predetermined threshold value. Thelevel of acceleration and deceleration force in automatic cruising may beinformed. Information may be provided to the driver when the accelerationand deceleration reaches the upper or lower limit or maximum value.

Inventors: Teramura; Eiji (Okazaki, JP), Nishimura; Takao (Nagoya, JP), Isogai; Akira (Anjo, JP), Samukawa; Yoshie (Kariya, JP), Matsuoka; Keiji (Kariya, JP)

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International Classification: B60K 31/00 (20060101); G08G 1/16 (20060101); G06F 007/00 (); G06F 017/00 ()

Expiration Date: 11/27/2014