Infiniti self driving car – adaptive cruise features

Self Driving and Driver Assist Technology

Infiniti offers a host of the advanced technology features. It looks like the lowest model I could add them to was the Q50 RWD Premium model, which has an MSRP of $40,905. The optional technology package has an MSRP of $3200. However, when I tried to configure one, selecting the technology package also selects the leather seating package for $1000, the deluxe touring package for $3100, and the navigation package for $1400. The total MSRP then becomes $49,605. If there is a cheaper option, let me know.

The technology package (which looks like it requires other packages) includes:

Eco Pedal, Intelligent Cruise Control w/Full Speed Range, distance control assist, Blind Spot Warning & Intervention Systems, Back-Up Collision Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Forward Emergency Braking, Advanced Climate Control System, auto-recirculation, Plasmacluster air purifier and grape polyphenol filter, Adaptive Front Lighting System, auto-leveling headlights, Front Seat Pre-Crash Seat Belts, Lane Departure Prevention & Warning System, active lane control, High Beam Lighting On/Off Assistance

Adaptive Cruise Control

Infiniti refers to its adaptive cruise control as “Intelligent Cruise Control”.
In the linked page with video, Infinti describes the “full speed range” technology as using laser sensors in the front bumper to measure distance between you and the car in front of you. You set the speed and following distance and the car will adjust. If the car in front slows down, you slow down. In the video it says “even to a crawl” but it does not say it will bring you to a complete stop. There is tiny print on the bottom of the video specifying that this is not a collision avoidance or warning system and failure to brake may result in an accident. During the section on saying when the traffic in front clears, the car accelerates, the small print says something like “except in instances when at a complete stop, which requires the driver to reaccelerate”

Then the video goes on to explain the “distance control assist with throttle pushback” which it describes as an industry first. It describes that when the car in front of you slows down in traffic, the gas pedal will provide feedback to help you intuitively slow down and if the gas pedal is released, the distance control assist can even apply the brakes as needed, automatically slowing to a complete stop if necessary.

These technologies are listed as being available in the Q50, Q50HEV, Q60 Coupe, Q60 Convertible, Q70, Q70L, Q70HEV, QX60, QX70, and QX80.

Both of these features seem to be similar to other adaptive cruise control, other than providing feedback through the gas pedal to slow down, which wouldn’t normally be factor with adaptive cruise control since you would not have your foot on the gas pedal. i’d be curious to see some reviews of what people think of this feature.

Based on my search of how the Infiniti adaptive cruise control works, it will work at all speeds and bring your car to a complete stop, but then it releases control after a few seconds at a complete stop and you would need to manually brake to remain still. I haven’t found a good detailed review yet, so if you find one, let me know. I wish I had the time to test drive one myself.

I will cover the self steering features in more detail in the thread on the Active Lane Control when I have more time. I’ll also look into more details on the Infiniti collision avoidance features hopefully soon.