Cadillac Shows Off Super Cruise Self-Driving Car Technology
April 23, 2012 10:04 AM
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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.”
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Will Bad Lane Markings = Dangerous Situtation?
4/23/2012 11:01:52 AM
I don't know about you but this part: "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." has me worried.
I drive a lot and many times you will be on highway with clear lane markings, but you will then come up to a construction area, or newly paved area that has yet to be painted or there are multiple temporary lane markings for lane shifts due to construction.
If people get too comfortable with the autonomous driving and one of these scenarios arrive, are there any built in safety features to prevent the car from going haywire, or does the car suddenly revert to manual without a warning? Additionally, if the driver still needs to be 100% alert while this autonomous mode is on, is it really that beneficial?
RE: Will Bad Lane Markings = Dangerous Situtation?
4/23/2012 11:20:11 PM
People often misjudge the lane markings in the situation you describe. Seems like with paint that works well with the computer sensors the computer might be more accurate than your average driver.
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