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Cadillac previews their Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system [video]

Could be launched by mid-decade

Cadillac has released new details about their semi-autonomous driving system called Super Cruise.

Currently under development, the system uses a series of cameras and sensors to drive the car at highway speeds. It also reads GPS data to detect curves and other road characteristics.

While Cadillac is optimistic that Super Cruise will be available by mid-decade, they cautioned that the system will have "operational limitations based on external factors such as weather and visibility of lane markings."

Source: GM

Self-Driving Car in Cadillac's Future

‘Super cruise' technology could be ready by mid-decade

DETROIT - Cadillac is road testing a semi-autonomous technology it calls "Super Cruise" that is capable of fully automatic steering, braking and lane-centering in highway driving under certain optimal conditions. The system could be ready for production vehicles by mid-decade.

Super Cruise is designed to ease the driver's workload on the freeway, in both bumper-to-bumper traffic and on long road trips by relying on a fusion of radar, ultrasonic sensors, cameras and GPS map data.

"Super Cruise has the potential to improve driver performance and enjoyment," said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac marketing. "Our goal with advanced technologies, like this and our CUE system, is to lead in delivering an intuitive user experience."

Many of the building block technologies for Super Cruise are already available on the all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS and ATS luxury sedans, as part of the available Driver Assist Package. It is the first Cadillac system to use sensor fusion to provide 360 degrees of crash risk detection and enhanced driver assist features, including:

  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • Full-Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control 
  • Intelligent Brake Assist 
  • Forward Collision Alert 
  • Safety Alert Seat 
  • Automatic Collision Preparation 
  • Lane Departure Warning 
  • Side Blind Zone Alert 
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert 
  • Adaptive Forward Lighting 
  • Rear Vision Camera With Dynamic Guidelines 
  • Head Up Display
The key to delivering semi-autonomous capability will be the integration of lane- centering technology that relies on forward-looking cameras to detect lane markings and GPS map data to detect curves and other road characteristics, said John Capp, General Motors director of Global Active Safety Electronics and Innovation.

Even when semi-autonomous driving capability is available on vehicles, the system will have operational limitations based on external factors such as weather and visibility of lane markings. When reliable data is unavailable, the driver will need to steer.

GM and its research partners recently conducted a study funded by the Federal Highway Administration on human factors in semi-autonomous vehicle operation. When asked, some study participants expressed strong interest in having a vehicle that could drive itself, particularly for long trips when lane centering and full-speed range adaptive cruise control could help lighten the driver's workload.

"The primary goal of GM's autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle development is safety," Capp said. "In the coming years, autonomous driving systems paired with advanced safety systems could help eliminate the crash altogether by interceding on behalf of drivers before they're even aware of a hazardous situation. More than ever, consumers will be able to trust their car to do the right thing."

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Comments (7)

 TomasCorrea TomasCorrea
No matter how advanced this is, I´ll just keep my hands on the wheel and my foot near the brake. If something wrong happens, I´ll be the one paying for the consequences. Not taking my eyes from the road is rule number 1.
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April 23, 2012 11:16 am
 eddie eddie
GM is starting to catch up but for years they just had to impress Rental Car Fleet sales which did not take much effort from them. To complete Globally you have to have both Cars and Trucks that are safe and high tech. GM still does not offer any pop up roll bar systems, just like Ford or Chrysler but they will catch up.
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April 21, 2012 4:25 pm
 Karl+WCF Karl+WCF
Mercedes Benz have collision warning system 6 years ago on production cars. And VW's autonomous driving technology is 10 years ahead of Cadillac.
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April 21, 2012 2:16 am
 ATS-V ATS-V
How cool...Wow Cadillac is very close to Semi self driving tech.. Now gain self parking and you got a good package.
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April 20, 2012 7:48 pm