GM Announces Automated Driving in Select 2017 Cadillac Models
General Motors (GM) announced Sunday that Cadillac will begin offering hands-free driving technologies on certain 2017 model year vehicles. With "Super Cruise" and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, GM is making significant advancements in automated driving, but will consumers trust such innovations?
According to GM CEO Mary Barra, who made the announcement at the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress in Detroit, the automaker is "not doing this for the sake of the technology itself." Rather, the advancements are being made "because it's what customers around the world want." She said GM "will make driving safer" through technology and innovation.
Super Cruise, the name for the automated driving technology GM has developed for a yet unnamed Cadillac model, was designed to include "hands-off lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions."
The new V2V communication technology system was designed to improve safety and even thin heavy traffic by allowing vehicles to send and receive basic information regarding location, speed and direction of travel. This system has also been designed to warn drivers of potential forward collisions, using a heads-up display on the windshield.
While some drivers may jump at the chance to purchase vehicles that are one step closer to driving themselves, others may be more skeptical. The thought of relinquishing control to or relying on a computer can be unsettling to some, particularly if such a system malfunctions or has inherent issues that affect its performance. Even if automated driving systems function perfectly, some may be wary of letting a computer take over. It will certainly take getting used to.
Technological advancements in the area of motor vehicle design and production are inevitable, and some would say that it is only a matter of time before we are all using vehicles that drive themselves. Even without human error behind the wheel, however, automated driving systems could experience glitches based on human error or negligence during the design, production or testing phases.
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