Which Cars Have Self-Driving Features for 2022? | News

Vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that automate some tasks — braking, acceleration and steering in some situations — are more common at all price levels for 2022. They also are becoming more sophisticated, with some now making lane changes, allowing for brief hands-free driving and more.

Related: When Hands-Free Ain’t Free: What’s the Cost of Self-Driving Tech?

It’s important to emphasize, however, that there are no self-driving cars for sale today. Advanced driver-assist tech offers convenience, relief from some driving tasks and some additional safety, but all currently require an engaged driver ready to take over when required. The latest AAA automated vehicle survey indicates that is OK with most drivers. Just 22% think automakers should focus on self-driving vehicles, while 80% simply want current ADAS tech to work better. That agrees with Cars.com’s real-world experience; we’ve found that  such systems vary in smooth performance, accuracy and ease of use.

While some tech, such as automatic emergency braking, works in the background, we are looking here at which model-year 2022 vehicles have these key active assistance systems (more detailed explanations are below the vehicle list):

  • Adaptive cruise control: Accelerates and brakes to maintain a selectable distance from the car ahead up to the driver’s set speed. Most ACC systems now can brake down to a stop.
  • Hands-on lane-centering steering: Actively steers to keep the vehicle centered in a marked lane, generally on highways. It will warn and disengage if your hands are off the wheel more than briefly.
  • Hands-free steering: Centers the vehicle in its lane without requiring your hands on the wheel — only in specific conditions and on certain roads. All systems still require — and verify with cameras — that your eyes are on the road. Note that these systems also might cost extra to use after an initial free period. Most automakers are considering a subscription model for such advanced services and software; Tesla has already announced a monthly subscription plan.

All current systems — including the hands-free versions — are just Level 2 partial automation on the six tiers of vehicle autonomy as designated by SAE International and federal regulators. With Level 2, the human driver must be watching the road and ready to take control, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced it will begin evaluating how well these systems monitor driver inattention and react to it.

On the horizon might be vehicles with Level 3 conditional automation, which allows the driver to have eyes off the road but still ready to take back control if alerted. There’s no such vehicle on the U.S. market now, however. Audi aspired to be the first, but regulatory delays stalled the plan; Mercedes-Benz now says it will take a run at getting U.S. approval for a Level 3 low-speed system designed for traffic jams.

Below are the brands and vehicles (exotic and super-luxury brands excluded) with such ADAS standard or optional for 2022 (note they may require other options or a higher trim level). The vehicle list is mostly by root model nameplates; we don’t break out alternate body styles sharing the badge name and major components, nor do we separate performance or other powertrain versions of a model. We did make a few exceptions where a feature is exclusive to just one variant, however.

Alphabetically by brand, here’s the availability by brand and model of these features for the 2022 model year:

Acura

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering at higher speeds only:

2022 Acura ILX

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop with hands-on lane centering at higher speeds only:

2022 Acura RDX

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Acura MDX
2022 Acura TLX

What should I look for?

Acura bundles most driver-assist tech under its AcuraWatch suite of safety features, though capabilities vary by model; depending on the vehicle, AcuraWatch includes a Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, or both. Lane-centering steering via LKAS functions only from 45 mph up, but only the TLX and MDX include Traffic Jam Assist, which adds adaptive cruise control and lane-centering down to a stop.

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Alfa Romeo

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia
2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

What should I look for?

Intelligent Speed Control, plus two lane-centering steering systems that work together using radar, camera and GPS input on lane-marked highways: Traffic Jam Assist (up to 37 mph) and the Highway Assist System (to 90 mph).

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Audi

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Audi A3
2022 Audi A4
2022 Audi A5
2022 Audi A6
2022 Audi A7
2022 Audi A8
2022 Audi E-Tron
2022 Audi Q3
2022 Audi Q4 e-tron
2022 Audi Q5
2022 Audi Q7
2022 Audi Q8

What should I look for?

Terminology varies. Traffic Jam Assist provides hands-on lane-centering steering at vehicle speeds up to around 40 mph. Active Lane Assist, which Audi also characterizes as lane centering, works above roughly 40 mph. For adaptive cruise control, look for Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, sometimes simply called Adaptive Cruise Control or Adaptive Cruise Assist. Adaptive Cruise Assist with Lane Guidance includes both. The features are available on every Audi except the R8 and TT sports cars.

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BMW

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 BMW 2 Series coupe and convertible
2022 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
2022 BMW X1
2022 BMW X2
2022 BMW Z4

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop, plus hands-free lane centering at lower speeds only:

2022 BMW 3 Series
2022 BMW 4 Series
2022 BMW 5 Series
2022 BMW 7 Series
2022 BMW 8 Series
2022 BMW i4
2022 BMW iX
2022 BMW X3
2022 BMW X4
2022 BMW X5
2022 BMW X6
2022 BMW X7

What should I look for?

Driving Assistance Professional Package (also called the Driving Assistance Plus Package or Personal Co-Pilot) featuring Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Control (or Keeping) Assistant. A step beyond those, Extended Traffic Jam Assist allows low-speed hands-free lane centering on limited-access highways up to 40 mph; in our experience, the system transitions to hands-on lane centering when you pass 40 mph. Some versions include lane changing and navigation-based speed adjustment.

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Buick

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Buick Enclave
2022 Buick Encore GX
2022 Buick Envision

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control-Advanced or Adaptive Cruise Control-Camera, vehicle depending.

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Cadillac

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Cadillac XT4
2022 Cadillac XT5

Adaptive cruise control and hands-free lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Cadillac CT4
2022 Cadillac CT5
2022 Cadillac Escalade
2022 Cadillac XT6

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control-Advanced or Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control. GM’s Super Cruise system adds hands-free lane-centering steering from a stop up to highway speeds, which you can activate on specific mapped highways, plus automated lane-changing capability — but it doesn’t relieve you of the need to pay attention: You have to be ready to take back the wheel, and it checks on you via a driver-facing camera.

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Chevrolet

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Chevrolet Blazer
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2022 Chevrolet Equinox
2022 Chevrolet Malibu
2022 Chevrolet Suburban
2022 Chevrolet Tahoe
2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2022 Chevrolet Traverse

Adaptive cruise control and hands-free lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV
2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control. The Super Cruise system adds hands-free lane centering and other capabilities on specified mapped highways.

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Chrysler

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Chrysler 300
2022 Chrysler Pacifica

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop or Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go.

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Dodge

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Dodge Charger
2022 Dodge Durango

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop.

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Ford

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Ford Bronco Sport
2022 Ford Edge
2022 Ford Escape
2022 Ford Explorer
2022 Ford Maverick

Adaptive cruise control and hands-free lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Ford Expedition
2022 Ford F-150
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning
2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

What should I look for?

Ford’s ADAS technology is packaged under the Co-Pilot 360 label but can include different capabilities depending on the model. For the more advanced features, look for Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering. The hands-free steering on pre-mapped limited-access highways is available with the BlueCruise option.

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Genesis

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Genesis G70
2022 Genesis G80
2022 Genesis G90
2022 Genesis GV70
2022 Genesis GV80

What should I look for?

Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go and Highway Driving Assist or Highway Driving Assist 2. With some models, Smart Cruise Control can combine with navigation to automatically slow for curves and adjust speed for changes in posted limits. Highway Driving Assist 2 adds lane-changing capability.

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GMC

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 GMC Acadia
2022 GMC Terrain
2022 GMC Yukon

Adaptive cruise control and hands-free lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup
2022 GMC Sierra 1500

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control. The Super Cruise system adds hands-free lane centering and other capabilities on specified mapped highways.

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Honda

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering at higher speeds only:

2022 Honda HR-V
2022 Honda Passport
2022 Honda Pilot
2022 Honda Ridgeline

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop with hands-on lane centering at higher speeds only:

2022 Honda Accord
2022 Honda CR-V
2022 Honda Insight
2022 Honda Odyssey

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Honda Civic

What should I look for?

Honda bundles ADAS features into a Honda Sensing suite with features varying by model.

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Hyundai

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Hyundai Elantra
2022 Hyundai Ioniq
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
2022 Hyundai Kona
2022 Hyundai Nexo
2022 Hyundai Palisade
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
2022 Hyundai Sonata
2022 Hyundai Tucson

What should I look for?

Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Highway Driving Assist I or II. With some models, Smart Cruise Control can combine with navigation to automatically slow for curves and adjust speed for changes in posted limits. HIghway Driving Assist activates at about 25 mph, according to Hyundai, and functions like Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go from 0-95 mph once engaged. The two variants of HDA are separated primarily by HDA2’s ability to aid in lane changes when the driver uses a turn signal.

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Infiniti

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Infiniti Q50
2022 Infiniti Q60
2022 Infiniti QX80

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Infiniti QX50
2022 Infiniti QX55
2022 Infiniti QX60

What should I look for?

Intelligent Cruise Control with Full-Speed Range, or some variation of that label. Hands-on lane-centering steering at higher speeds (Q50 and Q60) goes by Active Lane Control. Infiniti’s most advanced system, which includes lane centering all the way down to a stop, is ProPilot Assist.

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Jaguar

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Jaguar E-Pace
2022 Jaguar XF

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Jaguar F-Pace
2022 Jaguar I-Pace

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go for adaptive cruise control to a stop. Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist and Stop & Go adds hands-on lane-centering steering. Steering Assist is not to be confused with Lane Keep Assist on some Jaguars; despite a name similar to some brands’ lane-centering systems, Jaguar’s LKA is a departure assist that nudges you back when you drift toward lane markings.

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Jeep

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Jeep Cherokee
2022 Jeep Gladiator
2022 Jeep Wrangler

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
2022 Jeep Compass
2022 Jeep Wagoneer
2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go and Active Lane Management or Active Drive Assist for hands-on lane centering, which debuted on the Grand Cherokee L in 2021 and expands to include the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, redesigned Grand Cherokee and updated Compass (the latter with late availability).

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Kia

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Kia Carnival
2022 Kia EV6
2022 Kia Forte
2022 Kia K5
2022 Kia Niro
2022 Kia Seltos
2022 Kia Sorento
2022 Kia Sportage
2022 Kia Stinger
2022 Kia Telluride

What should I look for?

Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Highway Driving Assist. With some models, Smart Cruise Control also can combine with navigation to automatically slow for curves and adjust speed for changes in posted limits.

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Land Rover

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Land Rover Defender
2022 Land Rover Discovery
2022 Land Rover Discovery Sport
2022 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Land Rover Range Rover
2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2022 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control or Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which adds hands-on lane-centering steering. Don’t confuse Steering Assist with Lane Keep Assist, a separate Land Rover system that only intervenes to help you not to drift across lane markings.

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Lexus

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Lexus LC
2022 Lexus RC

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Lexus LS
2022 Lexus ES
2022 Lexus IS
2022 Lexus LX
2022 Lexus NX
2022 Lexus RX
2022 Lexus UX

Hands-free steering under specific conditions

2022 Lexus LS hybrid

What should I look for?

All-Speed Radar Cruise Control, which works to a stop. All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control adds the ability to adjust speed for curves. Lane Tracing Assist adds hands-on lane centering, and this system can trace the path of the car in front, not just lane markings, to better keep your vehicle centered. Lexus Advanced Drive adds capabilities including hands-free steering under specific conditions on pre-mapped, limited access highways by monitoring surrounding conditions and automatically controlling the vehicle’s steering, acceleration, braking and more. When driving to a navigation-programmed destination, the system also can plan actions miles ahead.

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Lincoln

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Lincoln Aviator
2022 Lincoln Corsair
2022 Lincoln Nautilus

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop and hands-free lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Lincoln Navigator

What should I look for?

Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering Assist on the Aviator, Corsair and Nautilus as part of Lincoln’s Co-Pilot360 Plus assistance tech suite. In addition, the 2022 Navigator offers Hands-Free Steering with available ActiveGlide.

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Lucid

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Lucid Air

What should I look for?

The Dreamdrive Pro bundle includes adaptive cruise control down to a stop, and the company says that lane centering will be added soon via an over-the-air update. A hands-free Highway Pilot feature is planned in the future but was not available at the time of publishing.

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Maserati

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Maserati Ghibli
2022 Maserati Levante
2022 Maserati Quattroporte

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and the Highway Assist System, which can provide hands-on lane-centering steering to a stop on highways or limited-access freeways. Active Driving Assist system extends the same functionality to non-highway roads.

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Mazda

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Mazda CX-9
2022 Mazda MX-30

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop and hands-on lane centering at lower speeds only:

2022 Mazda3
2022 Mazda CX-30
2022 Mazda CX-5

What should I look for?

Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go. Traffic Jam Assist adds low-speed hands-on lane centering from a stop up to vehicle speeds of 40 mph.

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Mercedes-Benz

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Mercedes-AMG GT

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door
2022 Mercedes-AMG SL-Class
2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA
2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS
2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLA
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS
2022 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2022 Mercedes-EQ EQS

What should I look for?

Active Distance Assist Distronic for adaptive cruise control and Active Steering Assist for lane centering.

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Mini

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Mini Hardtop
2022 Mini Clubman
2022 Mini Convertible
2022 Mini Countryman

What should I look for?

Active Cruise Control (only available with automatic transmissions).

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Mitsubishi

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

What should I look for?

The Mi-Pilot Assist system includes these features.

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Nissan

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Nissan Armada
2022 Nissan Frontier
2022 Nissan Kicks
2022 Nissan Maxima
2022 Nissan Murano
2022 Nissan Sentra
2022 Nissan Titan
2022 Nissan Versa

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Nissan Altima
2022 Nissan Leaf
2022 Nissan Pathfinder
2022 Nissan Rogue
2022 Nissan Rogue Sport

What should I look for?

Intelligent Cruise Control with Full Speed Range or some variation of those terms for adaptive cruise control. Hands-on lane-centering steering comes by way of Nissan’s ProPilot Assist. Looking ahead: The 2023 Z will feature adaptive cruise control down to a stop when it arrives in the spring, and the 2023 Ariya EV, on sale in the fall, will be the first Nissan to offer hands-free lane centering by way of an updated ProPilot Assist 2.0.

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Polestar

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Polestar 2

What should I look for?

The two features are part of the Pilot Assist technology that is included in the Pilot Pack.

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Porsche

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Porsche 718
2022 Porsche 911
2022 Porsche Macan

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Porsche Cayenne
2022 Porsche Panamera
2022 Porsche Taycan

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control and on most models Lane Centering goes by Active Lane Keep Assist. The Taycan offers Traffic Jam Assist with Active Lane Keep Assist and a more robust lane-keeping capability as part of Porsche’s InnoDrive system. (Other Porsche models also offer InnoDrive, but capabilities vary.)

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Ram

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Ram 1500
2022 Ram 2500
2022 Ram 3500

What should I look for?

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop.

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Rivian

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop and hands-free lane centering:

2022 Rivian R1T
2022 Rivian R1S

What should I look for?

The Driver Plus Package with Highway Assist is standard. Lane centering works when Highway Assist is engaged under “certain mapped highways,” according to Rivian.

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Subaru

Adaptive cruise control down to a stop:

2022 Subaru BRZ
2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
2022 Subaru Impreza

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Subaru Ascent
2022 Subaru Crosstrek
2022 Subaru Forester
2022 Subaru Legacy
2022 Subaru Outback
2022 Subaru WRX

What should I look for?

Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance package with Adaptive Cruise Control or Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control (which adds lane centering).

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Tesla

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Tesla Model 3
2022 Tesla Model S
2022 Tesla Model X
2022 Tesla Model Y

What should I look for?

Autopilot, Tesla’s driving assistance system. A Full Self Driving option adds features such as lane changes and parking, and is planned to add more later — but despite the name, it’s still Level 2 automation and not self-driving.

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Toyota

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Toyota Avalon
2022 Toyota Camry
2022 Toyota C-HR
2022 Toyota Corolla
2022 Toyota Corolla Cross
2022 Toyota Highlander
2022 Toyota Prius
2022 Toyota RAV4
2022 Toyota Sienna
2022 Toyota Tundra
2022 Toyota Venza

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Toyota Mirai

What should I look for?

Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Tracing Assist, both of which are mostly standard on model-year 2022 Toyota vehicles. Teammate Advanced Drive, available on the Mirai, adds capabilities including hands-free steering under specific conditions on pre-mapped, limited access highways by monitoring surrounding conditions and automatically controlling the vehicle’s steering, acceleration, braking and more. When driving to a navigation-programmed destination, the system also can plan actions miles ahead.

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Volkswagen

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Volkswagen Arteon
2022 Volkswagen Atlas
2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2022 Volkswagen Golf R
2022 Volkswagen ID.4
2022 Volkswagen Jetta
2022 Volkswagen Taos
2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

What should I look for?

Volkswagen IQ.Drive with Travel Assist (includes Adaptive Cruise Control Stop & Go and Lane Assist). Note that when Travel Assist is not activated, the lane centering functions at higher speeds only.

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Volvo

Adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering, both down to a stop:

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge
2022 Volvo S60
2022 Volvo S90
2022 Volvo V60 Cross Country
2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country
2022 Volvo XC40
2022 Volvo XC60
2022 Volvo XC90

What should I look for?

The two features are part of the Pilot Assist system (sometimes requiring an Advanced Package).

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More Details on Driver Assistance Systems

The overall goals of these automated systems are similar, but their underlying technology and the onboard sensors and connected data sources they use can vary from car to car. They also can vary in the specific driving conditions required for use and in their user experience. If such systems are important for your driving, you should research the systems specific to any vehicle you’re considering to be sure the capabilities match what you expect.

Read on for more about these systems and what they’re designed to do.

Adaptive Cruise Control Down to a Stop

Current “smart” adaptive cruise control uses sensors (cameras, radar, ultrasound or some combination that might also include GPS and the navigation system) and controls acceleration and braking to maintain a selectable distance from the car ahead up to the target speed the driver sets.

Most systems now work down to a full stop, though you still see some older systems that work only above certain speeds. Some will resume automatically after a stop in traffic if the stop is just a few seconds; others always require a touch of the accelerator or a resume button to continue after a stop. While all brake to control speed in response to a slowdown of the car ahead, more advanced systems also can monitor traffic beyond the car ahead for slowdowns. Some systems now can adjust speed slower for freeway curves or transition ramps and some also can respond to changes in the posted speed limit.

Lane-Centering Steering

True lane centering actively steers to keep your vehicle centered in its marked lane. This is not to be confused with lane departure steering assist, which simply nudges you back if you start to drift over lane markings. Most such systems currently require you to keep your hands on the wheel. They’ll alert you and then deactivate if sensors detect your hands are off the wheel beyond a brief time. Lane-centering steering also will shut down if lane markings disappear, such as in lane merges or splits, construction or bad weather.

Most lane-centering systems now work from highway speeds to a stop, but some still function only above certain speeds. A few advanced systems now can perform other steering functions, such as lane changes on command. Some also now have more sophisticated tuning to drive more naturally, such as shifting you slightly from center in the lane if the vehicle in the next lane comes close to the lane markings.

Hands-Free Steering

These systems are the latest in active steering assistance, working in tandem with adaptive cruise control to steer, accelerate and brake the car within the lane without requiring your hands on the wheel. Some incorporate the ability to automatically change lanes. All currently function in carefully limited situations, most commonly only on pre-mapped divided highways in the U.S. and Canada utilizing GPS connectivity and cloud-based map data. While they don’t require your hands on the wheel, all currently require you to keep your eyes on the road (confirmed by driver-facing interior cameras) and be ready to retake full control when alerted. GM, BMW, Ford, Nissan and Toyota are among automakers that are rolling out or expanding availability of such systems.

Eyes-Free Driving

Attention-free driving in a commercially available car isn’t available yet. U.S. and global regulatory delays stalled the rollout of Audi’s 2019 A8 sedan with a Level 3 Traffic Jam Pilot system, and Audi reportedly abandoned the plan in 2020.

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