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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4/23/2012 1:02:23 PM
Will you be able to program it to exceed the speed limit or will you constantly risk being ran over because you're limited to 65MPH on the expressway when everyone else is going 75MPH?
A human can do defensive driving while a computer cannot anticipate all the risks caused by OTHER drivers acting batsh1t crazy.
For example, what if a drunk driver is rapidly approaching from behind in another lane but swerving around? As a human driver I would get as far away in another lane as possible but I'll bet the computer would just stay in the same lane at the same speed even if the drunk plowed into the side of the vehicle.
Can the computer decide that it's better to leave the road if you'd only run into a sign post than to hit a pedestrian? Can it read a sign that says lane ends ahead and get over due to construction? Can it see that someone in another lane is suffering from road rage and has a gun drawn?
What about zombies? Does the computer understand you WANT to hit them?
4/23/2012 11:22:02 PM
You do realize all the scenarios you describe it just depends on how good the software gets.
4/24/2012 1:24:40 PM
in theory... in reality, we're nowhere near programmatically reproducing the human mind's thought patterns yet and if we did, wouldn't there be far more important apps than driving a car?
"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
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