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Cruise control with your hands — manual ZR

System the cruise control has not yet become standard equipment. So many people set up their own, fortunately that on the market there are ready-made sets consisting of an electronic unit, wiring and controls. How convenient the device is designed for popular models such as Solaris, Duster and Grants, and how to connect them in the garage environment?Revin Alex “driving”the ExpertKolodochkin Michael “at the wheel”Expert

Cruise control (eng. cruise control, it. Cruise control) is a system for automatic maintenance of vehicle speed without the driver’s help, regardless of external factors — the UPS and downs of the road, wind direction, load on the car. In pre-computer times to equip the machine with such a device was problematic, although some craftsmen managed to fix in a certain position of the throttle, giving the illusion of maintaining a constant speed on a level road. When came to power the electronics, the task is simpler: we just need to make friends with the cruise control with the control system of the power unit.

Manufacturers produce ready-made kits for self-installation consisting of an electronic unit, wiring and controls. To simplify the connection to specific connectors of the vehicle, such kits is usually to unify a group of cars, they are not universal. In particular, for such popular models with electronic pedal of gas, as the Hyundai Solaris, Renault Duster and Lada Granta, will fit the device Drivenge and Jet-cruise KH. We decided to evaluate the pros and cons — the complexity of installation, ease of use, clarity of work.

Both gadget of the Russian, their claimed features are similar. Both are suitable for vehicles both with manual and with automatic transmission. However, mechanics after each shift speed setpoint will be reset and will require a new activation. And they have similar options at Jet-cruise KH is jetter, Drivenge — pedal-booster.

Installation of both systems will require a fair amount of fuss under the instrument panel.Installation of both systems will require a fair amount of fuss under the instrument panel.

Jetter and pedal-booster

After installation of such device, the car usually starts to respond differently to the gas pedal, without the characteristic lag. This instant feedback creates the illusion of improvement. It is clear that no real improvements, there can not be, because the firmware is the “brains” of the motor, the gadget does not change. It only slightly changes the operating characteristics of the throttle pedal: with the same accelerator position engine is more fuel, and therefore creates the impression that the car drove easier and more dynamic. The speed and intensity of the acceleration while pressing the floor pedal on an iota will not grow. The same effect can be achieved without gattarov — enough harder you press on the pedal. Note that any harm to the motor, such systems do not cause — indeed, not profit.

When installing the system Drivenge be ready to attach this kit of wires, connectors and blocks.When installing the system Drivenge be ready to attach this kit of wires, connectors and blocks.

Installed it — looked

Given the lack of appropriate communication skills with electrical equipment of modern cars is better not to undertake self-install such devices. This primarily refers to the system Drivenge: we wrestled for over two hours. Jet-cruise KH managed to install twice as fast.

Drivenge. Fuss quite a lot. Drivenge — extensive system with many connectors that need to plug in the bowels under the front panel. Will have to drill the column cover to install the turn signal / multifunction lever. This control looks somewhat clumsily: to press something it is not — it’s just a place for buttons! And design Hilo: attachment to other plastics and cannot be. And the wires in the connectors seamed slightly unreliable.

Jet-cruise KH. To install much easier. Place remote self-powered on two common batteries can be in any convenient location — even under the left arm, though under the right. The drill will need is that when you install the indicator led. You can do nothing to drill, if you display the indicator through a suitable gap, which we did the first experiments. For a bit basic, but, actually, to do a little undignified.

Drivenge, Russia. The unit of the cruise control with the pedal-booster.Drivenge, Russia. The unit of the cruise control with the pedal-booster.

The approximate price was 8600 RUB.

The device allows you to turn on the cruise control for both current and last set speed. Changing settings using the gas pedal or buttons with increments of 1 km/h. Auto shut — off- when pressing the brake pedal or clutch. Operating range from 20 to 160 km/h as a Function of “pedal-booster” has three operating modes: “economy”, “dynamics”, “sport”. It is possible to maintain the increased speed of rotation of the crankshaft at idle — for example, for heating of the motor. In “sport” mode, the pedal seems too harsh, but “the economy” quite like winter mode on snowy and slippery roads.

Jet-cruise KH, Russia. Cruise control.Jet-cruise KH, Russia. Cruise control.

The approximate price of 11 200 rubles.

There is a sound notification about reaching or exceeding the owner of the speed limit. Installation step — 1 km/h working range — from 40 up to 150 km/h. changing the settings using the gas pedal or buttons. Auto shut — off- when pressing the brake pedal or clutch. Jetter, self-powered implements one of three modes: “speaker”, “economy” or “sport”.

Features of operation

Those who traveled on vehicles equipped with regular “cruises”, these products will likely not attract — not very convenient to use look were looked down upon. But if someone of these toys are new, they may come to the court.

And is it not dangerous to drive with these devices, if they suddenly fail? We intervened in the normal electrical equipment, breaking certain circuits of the machine control… Check — when power is removed from both systems the ability to control the car maintained. Therefore, the old principle of “do no harm” manufacturers of both devices are not violated.

Drivenge. Always want to click on the new steering-column lever which also “breathes” together with the casing of the stalk column.

Jet-cruise KH. The remote has no illumination on the dark country road will have to manipulate it by touch. Display only works at the time of operation.

After installing the system Drivenge you have a steering-column lever, which is actually no arm and just fixed element with three buttons.After installing the system Drivenge you have a steering-column lever, which is actually no arm and just fixed element with three buttons.

The system is controlled by Jet cruise KH with a wireless thingy that you can stick anywhere.The system is controlled by Jet cruise KH with a wireless thingy that you can stick anywhere.

To put or not to put?

There is no single answer. For gadget lovers positive emotions from “cruises” and Jettero probably outweigh the negative of high prices and unprepossessing appearance. To the obvious disadvantages include the intervention in the control electronics of the vehicle, which neither guarantee nor service, neither law is not welcome.

We liked the Jet-cruise KH: it is more expensive but easier to install. And the location of the control panel in the salon, you can choose according to taste.

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