Cadillac’s Semi-Autonomous Tech Takes to the Streets

Cadillac’s Semi-Autonomous Tech Takes to the Streets

Sitting somewhere below a truly autonomous vehicle is Cadillac‘s tech, which takes the monotony out of driving. The luxury automaker just announced that its high-tech hands-free technology is moving beyond the closed course and onto real roads.

Cadillac gives a pretty broad time-frame for is tech, saying it could hit production vehicles by the end of the decade. The system, dubbed Super Cruise, provides extra peace of mind in traffic, allowing for hands-off lane following, braking and speed control under certain driving conditions, making it ideal for long trips, or gridlock traffic-jams.

“Super Cruise is designed to give the driver the ability of hands-free driving when the system determines it is safe to do so,” says John Capp, from GM’s Active Safety Electronics team. “Before we introduce this capability on a production vehicle we must put the system through rigorous testing and technology refinement.”

The system works with forward looking cameras which provides information to the car to keep it in the middle of the lane, as well as how to detect turns and other road conditions. When the system can’t see the road ahead properly, such as when there are no lane markings or in poor weather situations, the system will prompt the driver to resume steering.

Cadillac says the building blocks for super cruise exists in the ATS and XTS sedans, which feature an available driver assist package which include lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and forward collision alert.

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