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Super cruise takes the driving away from the driver

Several major automotive manufacturers in the United States think automated and semi automatic driving will be here in the relatively near future. Google has been working on completely automated vehicles that can drive with no interaction from a human. BMW, Ford, and now GM have all started talking about semi-autonomous driving capability.
The semi-autonomous driving capability is ideal for driving in traffic since it takes over primary driving controls. That means fewer accidents and rear-endings in traffic and the driver can take hands off the wheel and relax when cruising on the highway in most conditions.
Cadillac says that most of the technology needed for super cruise is already available on some of its vehicles in a special driver assistance packages.
Super cruise will use input from a variety of sensors, cameras, and GPS data along with radar to see the lines of the road and keep the vehicle in the lane without driver input. The technology will be able to completely stop the car in traffic and take off while steering all on its own.
“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.”

Cadillac says that the key technology is the automatic lane-centering tech. This technology is able to see the lanes and keep the vehicle between the lines. The super cruise technology would only work when visibility was good enough that the cameras sense the lane markings on both sides of the car. The usage of super cruise will be limited during adverse weather conditions.
“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.”

Source: Cadilliac

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RE: It has its place, but...
By ksenter on 4/23/2012 10:50:09 AM , Rating: 0
So, what if you have a stroke and instead of your car stopping and people finding out you're in trouble, they find your rotting corpse 1000 miles away when it reaches the end of the highway...

RE: It has its place, but...
By leviathan05 on 4/23/2012 10:51:45 AM , Rating: 2
Then at least only 1 person died instead of a 40 car pile-up? Also, what car do you drive that gets 1000 miles in one tank?

RE: It has its place, but...
By ksenter on 4/23/2012 11:13:21 AM , Rating: 2
Good point. I was exaggerating a bit. All I was getting at was that a car that drives itself isn't the best thing to have when you have a stroke. A car that automatically breaks to avoid hitting the car in front of you is great though. As long as it doesn't accelerate on it's own afterwards.

Don't get me wrong, I think we'll eventually all be in cars that drive themselves. At least until teleporters are invented. :)

RE: It has its place, but...
By lelias2k on 4/23/2012 11:41:19 AM , Rating: 2
The same way there is technology in place to check if the driver needs to rest, I'm pretty sure it will be easy enough to have something that detects any other kind of trouble.

Besides, just as you do with cruise control, you should be able take over anytime, as long as it is safe to do so.

But I'll go back to the previous comment's point: at least you didn't hurt others in the process.

RE: It has its place, but...
By mindless1 on 4/23/2012 12:55:22 PM , Rating: 2
If you're driving along on an expressway and have a stroke, odds are fair they will not get to you in time to change anything. By the time police stop traffic, an ambulance arrives, a distance is traveled to the nearest emergency room, a doctor is available to diagnose what happened after tests and treatment of the injuries suffered from the vehicle wreck...

It's too late. You were better off having the vehicle continue driving instead of sustaining the crash related injuries which were likely if this stroke is bad enough to make you die during a few more miles traveled.

However, it would be technically possible to program in emergency situation routes so for example if you press a button the vehicle changes course and heads to the nearest hospital ER entrance.

RE: It has its place, but...
By bupkus on 4/23/2012 1:03:35 PM , Rating: 2
How about a built in body monitor that for example detects your blood alcohol level and drives you to where your wife works so she can beat the hell out of you.

RE: It has its place, but...
By bupkus on 4/23/2012 1:07:47 PM , Rating: 2
Then the car can drive you to the hospital and then drive your wife to the police station where it will testify against her. Then the can judge can drive you to anger management classes or jail... your choice.

Will these cars be able to stop and fill up the tank when it gets low?

I'm still enjoying my nap, Sir!

RE: It has its place, but...
By tayb on 4/23/2012 1:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
How about you have a stroke and the car starts aggressively breaking and accelerating to pump blood??

Don't take this too seriously guys...

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