The 2015 Honda CR-V will feature a new predictive cruise control function, in what the company claims is a world first.

Dubbed Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, or i-ACC, the system uses a combination of camera and radar sensors to monitor the position of other vehicles on the road.

A complex algorithm then calculates the probability of vehicles in other lanes cutting-in, and responds by readying the vehicle to adjust its speed.

Conventional radar-based adaptive cruise control systems only monitor the vehicle directly in front, and when a car pulls in from another lane, the system has to apply the brakes abruptly to maintain the desired distance.

Honda says the new i-ACC system can predict the likelihood of this happening up to five seconds in advance.  The system reacts by applying mild braking to start with, while displaying an icon in the instrument cluster to advise the driver why it is slowing down.  This is then followed by sufficient braking to achieve the pre-set distance.

The company says the result is a safer, smoother, and more comfortable response to changing traffic conditions.

The i-ACC system can adapt to left- or right-hand-drive environments, and was developed specifically for European markets by an international team from Honda Japan and Europe.

The system will be available on the Executive grade of the new Honda CR-V, due this spring.