Menu
2017 Cadillacs will have automated highway driving features, GM says

2017 Cadillacs will have automated highway driving features, GM says

Autonomy and the tracking nearby cars will improve safety, GM says

A 2015 Cadillac CTS with V2V technology notifies the driver of the approaching car before the driver can see the vehicle.

A 2015 Cadillac CTS with V2V technology notifies the driver of the approaching car before the driver can see the vehicle.

General Motors will put a "Super Cruise" feature in 2017 Cadillacs that can perform hands-off lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions, the automaker said Monday.

Super Cruise is designed for use both in bumper-to-bumper traffic conditions and on long road trips. Drivers will be able to take their hands off the wheel and their feet off the pedals.

"Rest assured, Super Cruise will keep drivers alert and engaged, and when they want to take control, they're going to find a car that's really fun to drive," GM CEO Mary Barra told a meeting of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America on Sunday in Detroit.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Cadillac CTS will come with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology. It can exchange data with nearby similarly equipped vehicles concerning their direction, speed and location, warning drivers if they might collide.

GM said V2V can be an additional safety layer on top of forward collision warning systems, which are already deployed in production cars. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimated that V2V-style systems could be effective in up to about 80 percent of vehicle crashes.

Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology is also being developed as a way to reduce accidents and congestion on roads. Traffic lights with V2I connections, for instance, would only turn red when needed.

However, a critical mass of connected cars and infrastructure is required to make the systems work well.

"The CTS will talk to other V2V-equipped cars to avoid crashes," Barra said. "It will talk to V2I-equipped infrastructure to reduce congestion and its 4G LTE connection and active safety features will give drivers peace of mind."

GM's announcement adds impetus to carmakers including Volvo and Mercedes to introduce cars with ever more sophisticated automated features, from parking assistance to fully robotic cars that can drive themselves like the ones being developed by Google.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags roboticsgeneral motors

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Leading figures within the technology industry across New Zealand came together to celebrate 30 years of success for Lexel Systems, at a milestone birthday occasion at St Matthews in the City.​

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30
HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch

HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch

HP New Zealand held an inaugural Evolve Education event at Aotea Centre in Auckland, welcoming over 70 principals, teachers and education experts to explore ways of shaping and enhancing learning using technology.

HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch
Show Comments