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When adaptive cruise control identifies a slower-moving vehicle in the lane ahead, it automatically enters follow mode. Adaptive cruise control adjusts the vehicle’s speed by controlling the accelerator and brake pedals to maintain a set gap to the vehicle ahead.


When in follow mode, the vehicle may not decelerate automatically to a stop, nor does the vehicle always decelerate quickly enough to avoid a collision. Always maintain a safe gap to the vehicle ahead to reduce the risk of an accident.

The instrument panel displays an amber warning lamp to confirm that follow mode is active. See FOLLOW MODE (AMBER).

The instrument panel also displays the gap setting in the form of a vehicle image with a number of bars in front of it.

Follow mode maintains a constant gap to the vehicle ahead until:

  • The vehicle ahead accelerates to a speed above the adaptive cruise control set speed. If this occurs, the vehicle stops accelerating when the set speed is reached.

  • The vehicle ahead moves out of lane or out of view. If this occurs, the vehicle accelerates to the adaptive cruise control set speed.

  • A new follow mode gap is selected. See CHANGING THE FOLLOW MODE GAP.

If the turn signals are used, adaptive cruise control reduces the gap to the vehicle ahead to anticipate a maneuver. If a maneuver is not carried out, adaptive cruise control restores the previous gap setting after a few seconds.


Adaptive cruise control may not reduce the gap to the vehicle ahead if it is deemed inappropriate. For example, the vehicle ahead is already too close or the maneuver has already been completed.