Posted on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at 2:45 pm
According to a recent article in USA Today, Cadillac is offering a self-driving system for freeway driving on its 2018 Cadillac CT6 sedans. The technology, which is called “Super Cruise”, allows you to take your hands off the wheel and feet off the accelerator and brakes while on highways or freeways with limited access.
The USA Today article reports that Super Cruise is designed as an interim step towards fully autonomous driving. The article describes Cadillac Super Cruise system as being similar to Tesla’s auto plot system. Both of which require the driver stay alert and occasionally take part in guiding the car.
The Super Cruise system works using advanced GPS, cameras, and sensors and based on a test drive, Nathan Bomey of USA Today said that once the system is activated “…the car stays dead center in the lane, deftly handling curves and staying a safe distance behind the vehicle ahead of it.”
Cadillac’s system offers a new feature to make sure that the driver is paying attention that is not currently on the Tesla autopilot system. That is a driver facing camera that monitors your eye movements to ensure you are still watching the road. At night time, the camera uses infrared technology to monitor your attentiveness. This is a feature that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated that they wanted automakers to adopt following its investigation of a recent Tesla Model S crash that killed an Ohio driver who wasn’t paying attention while the vehicle was on autopilot. Instead of a camera system, Tesla’s autopilot system currently requires the driver to grip the steering wheel so that it knows the driver is still monitoring the road.
In the Cadillac Super Cruise system, if the camera detects that the driver is not paying attention, it will initially provide a visual warning followed by a chime sounding and then the car will begin coasting to a stop if the driver fails to take the wheel.
Source: An article appearing at usatoday.com on September 25, 2017 entitled “This Cadillac Drives Itself on the Freeway, But Don’t Look Away” by Nathan Bomey.