Alfa Romeo Spider Comfort and Refinement | Part Two

Cruise control

Cruise control, operable at speeds over 18 mph, instantly cuts out when the driver presses the brake or clutch pedal. When the ASR traction control is active, this naturally takes priority over Cruise Control, the system returning the car to the previous set speed once ASR has ceased to function.

Follow-Me-Home headlights

This is a practical, safety-conscious innovation designed to light the interior of a garage or the path to the front door after the car has been locked. Follow-Me-Home activates the dipped beams and sidelights of the new Alfa Spider by operating the light flasher stalk within two minutes of turning off the engine. Each time the stalk is operated, light activation is extended by 30 seconds up to a maximum of three and a half minutes.

Parking sensors

The new Alfa Spider is fitted, as standard, with rear parking sensor equipment, which is activated whenever the ignition is turned on and reverse gear engaged.

The system consists of four ultrasound sensors located in the rear bumper linked to an electronic control unit and a buzzer. The four detectors cover the rear corners of the new Alfa Spider from a distance of less than 60 cm, and the area immediately behind the car from a distance of less than 150 cm. Proximity information is transmitted to the driver in the form of bleeps at intervals. The bleeps are emitted with increasing frequency, becoming a continuous signal when the car reaches a distance of 30 cm from any obstacle.

Published 21 February 2007 Melanie Carter

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