This autumn GM will create the new highway automatic driving feature. It will be called Super Cruise. The first car, in which the system will appear first, is Cadillac CT6. Super Cruise was in the process of creation already for several years, but only 2017 the semi-autonomous regime is almost ready to be presented. Now the developers work on the safety of the system.
Super Cruise reminds autopilot, which is similar to Tesla. It controls the process of the driving on the highways, helps in changing the position of the lane and uses the special adaptation mode for changing of the appropriate speed for traffic. The new semi-automatic system will be released in the limited amount for the first time. The innovation also will have an ability to follow the position of the driver’s head with the help of the special cameras, which are located on the steering wheel. According to producers, this innovation will help to control the behavior of the driver on the road and will notify him with lights and alerts if there is a danger on the road. This is how the control system works:
• If the system noticed that the driver was destructed for a long time, it will send the notification to driver to change the position,
• If the person isn’t focused fast, the system continues to give the alarms, with the increased force,
• If the driver is still isn’t attentive, the system uses the light alerts to make the person take control over the steering wheel. Also, tactile notifications come into force,
• But if even in this case the driver doesn’t react (fell asleep, had a heart attack etc.), the system uses the technologies, which will help to stop the car without damages and accidents. The vehicle will drive until the moment it will find the safe place for parking. Also, OnStar contact is possible, if the driver has any medical problems, which need to be solved fast. This function will call the ambulance of another health service to help the driver.
The company hasn’t said yet how long the driver needs to put his hands on the wheel. But the time of driving without hands in many cars makes 10-15 seconds.
This feature of GM also can help stop the car if the driver doesn’t have the ability to do it himself. It will be a way to provide safety on the roads and prevent accidents. SC system will be updated over-the-air.
Cadillac’s feature has the differences with Tesla’s Autopilot function. Semi-autonomous highway driving function by GM has LIDAR. While Tesla producers decided not to equip the cars with the laser detection, and their consumers’ cars won’t have this ability as the company decided to create the LIDAR data analog, which will include the special map of the highways.
The system of safety is the main feature of the new cars, but also the vehicles will include radar sensors, GPS, and cameras. The users will see the stop-and-go adaptive cruise control. The car will be able to follow the position of other cars and define the optimal style of driving.