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What happens if a column of eight or more cars is created at one of the Czech motorways with drivers turned the so-called adaptive cruise control on? How will the increasing number of vehicles with this technology, known as the pre-stage of autonomous driving, affect the flow of traffic? These questions are asked by the team of Associate Professor Zdeněk Hurák from the Department of Control Engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. If you have a car with adaptive cruise control and want to test its features, you can now take part in a unique experiment that will take place on 6 December at 10 am at the Public international airport in Mnichovo Hradiště.

Adaptive cruise control (ACC) is a technology that is now known mainly to drivers with higher standard equipment. Unlike conventional cruise control, the ACC can automatically adjust the set driving speed according to the vehicle driving in the same lane and keep a safe distance from it.

Scientists from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering decided to carry out an experiment without direct cooperation with the automotive industry. In the spirit of so-called citizen science, they invite volunteers who own any model of the car with adaptive cruise control and want to contribute to scientific research and to a better understanding of the dynamics of the columns made up of such cars.

The experiment will take place at the Mnichovo Hradiště Public International Airport on Friday 6 December from 10.00 to 14.00. Applicants can register on the project page with their vehicle specifications and contact details. The call is open until the required number of cars including substitutes is filled, selected volunteers will receive confirmation and other information by the second day after registration.


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