The cruise control system in Kia Picanto allows you to program the vehicle to maintain a constant speed without pressing the accelerator pedal.
What is the cruise control system
Cruise control (sometimes known as speed control or autocruise, or tempomat in some countries) is a system that automatically controls the speed of a motor vehicle. The system is a servomechanism that takes over the throttle of the car to maintain a steady speed as set by the driver.
The cruise control takes its speed signal from a rotating driveshaft, speedometer cable, wheel speed sensor from the engine’s RPM, or from internal speed pulses produced electronically by the vehicle. Most systems do not allow the use of the cruise control below a certain speed – typically around 25 mph (40 km/h). The vehicle will maintain the desired speed by pulling the throttle cable with a solenoid, a vacuum driven servomechanism, or by using the electronic systems built into the vehicle (fully electronic) if it uses a ‘drive-by-wire’ system.
- Its usefulness for long drives (reducing driver fatigue, improving comfort by allowing positioning changes more safely) across highways and sparsely populated roads.
- Some drivers use it to avoid subconsciously violating speed limits. A driver who otherwise tends to subconsciously increase speed over the course of a highway journey may avoid speeding.
- Increased fuel efficiency
- Speeding around curves that require slowing down
- Rough or loose terrain that could negatively affect the cruise control controls
- Rainy or wet weather could lose traction
- Encourages drivers to pay less attention to driving, increasing the risk of an accident
How to use
To set cruise control speed:
- Press the cruise / CRUISE button on the steering wheel, to turn the system on. The cruise indicator light will illuminate.
- Accelerate to the desired speed, which must be more than 30 km/h (20 mph).
- Move the lever down (to SET-), and release it at the desired speed. The cruise set indicator light will illuminate. Release the accelerator pedal at the same time. The desired speed will automatically be maintained.
To increase cruise control set speed:
Move the lever up (to RES+) and release it immediately. The cruising speed will increase by 2.0 km/h (1.2 mph) each time you move the lever up (to RES+) in this manner.
To decrease the cruising speed:
Move the lever down (to SET-) and release it immediately. The cruising speed will decrease by 2.0 km/h (1.2 mph) each time you move the lever down (to SET-) in this manner.
To temporarily accelerate with the cruise control on:
If you want to speed up temporarily when the cruise control is on, depress the accelerator pedal. Increased speed will not interfere with cruise control operation or change the set speed. To return to the set speed, take your foot off the accelerator pedal.
To cancel cruise control, do one of the following:
- Depress the brake pedal.
- Depress the clutch pedal if equipped with a manual transaxle.
- Shift into N (Neutral) if equipped with an automatic transaxle.
- Press the O/CANCEL switch located on the steering wheel.
- Decrease the vehicle speed lower than the memory speed by 20 km/h (12 mph).
- Decrease the vehicle speed to less than approximately 30 km/h (20 mph).
To resume cruising speed at more than approximately 30 km/h (20 mph):
If any method other than the cruise /CRUISE button was used to cancel cruising speed and the system is still activated, the most recent set speed will automatically resume when you move the lever up (to RES+). It will not resume, however, if the vehicle speed has dropped below approximately 30 km/h (20 mph).
To turn cruise control off, do one of the following:
- Press the cruise / CRUISE button (the cruise indicator light will be turn off).
- Turn the ignition off.