We’re not sure how much longer you’ve got before breathing and remembering to drink water is suddenly becomes too much of a chore. But for those who can still remember basic body functions, though would rather have braking and accelerating done for you, adaptive cruise control has been announced for the 2014 Chevrolet Impala as a rolling update. Models equipped with the system will feature a covered grille, like the model pictured above. Contrary to early speculation, this design cue doesn’t point toward an Impala Eco model.
The 2014 Impala is the first Chevrolet to implement adaptive cruise control technology — a feature that trickled down from the Cadillac XTS. The full-speed-range adaptive cruise control system uses forward-looking radar to let the driver choose one of three proximity gaps, which determines how closely the 2014 Impala follows the vehicle ahead. When activated, adaptive cruise control will automatically accelerate and brake the vehicle up to moderate levels to maintain the driver-selected gap, and can even work under stop-and-go traffic conditions.
Complimenting the adaptive cruise control technology is the Forward Collision Alert system, which warns the driver when they are approaching a vehicle ahead too quickly or if they’re following too closely (read: tailgating). There’s also Crash Imminent Braking, available with the ACC package, which can automatically apply the brakes, such as when a driver fails to respond quickly enough to Forward Collision Alert warnings.
Even with all the preventive measures, Chevrolet insists drivers pay careful attention to traffic and road conditions. Hopefully that’s not too hard to do.