Cadillac Confirms Super Cruise and Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology
For years a “driverless” car has been the thing of science fiction. Movies turning your own personal vehicle into computer operated taxies have captured the world’s imagination for quite some time. And even though that specific future still remains, for lack of a better term, ‘the future,’ General Motors is bringing us one step closer to what was once just a movie-inspired pipe dream.
“GM will put the first [vehicle-to-vehicle]-enabled car on the road in about two years,” says General Motors CEO Mary Barra during a keynote address at the Intelligent Transport System World Congress in Detroit. “What’s more, I’m announcing that we will bring in advanced, highly automated driving technology to the market in this same timeframe.”
Obviously, this is a huge announcement on the part of GM. Offering what was announced as their new Super Cruise advanced driver assistance system and vehicle-to-vehicle communications. Both of these advanced technologies will be introduced to GM’s 2017 Cadillac models and will be seen as a serious turning point in automated driving technology for the coming years.
Now, while the new Super Cruise system is not necessarily a fully automated driving system, it is quite an improvement regarding today’s automated systems. “With Super Cruise, when there’s a congestion alert, you can let the car take over and drive hands-free and feet-free through the worst stop and go traffic,” Barra tells us. “And, if the mood strikes you on wide open roads, you can take a break from wheels and pedals and let the car do the work.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, drivers won’t be able to switch on Super Cruise and crawl in the backseat to take a nap just yet. In fact, General Motors is quick to point out that the feature is very much designed for attentive drivers. However, it does seem that, unlike Mercedes-Benz’s Distronic Plus with Steering Assist (which, in their small print, emphasizes that the driver must certainly remain attentive and continue operating the steering and braking systems), the Super Cruise system seems to allow the driver to relinquish control of the vehicle in a larger way.
Unfortunately, Barra was tight-lipped when it came to the Super Cruise’s launch model, however she did specify that the 2017 CTS would serve as the launch model for the vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology. “V2V communication technology could mitigate many traffic collisions and improve traffic congestion by sending and receiving basic safety information such as location, speed, and direction of travel between vehicles that are approaching each other, “ explains GM. “It will warn drivers and can supplement active safety features (such as forward collision warning) already available on may production cars.”
Keep checking back in here with us at Arnie Bauer for more information with regard to Cadillac’s Super Cruise and Vehicle-to-Vehicle technology as it develops.