Cadillac's Super Cruise Testing Hits the Road

Cadillac's semi-automated driving system known as Super Cruise has moved forward to the next stage of development, including real-world driving tests. Engineers are driving test vehicles with Super Cruise in more challenging situations in a wide array of environments to better refine the feature. The Super Cruise technology could potentially make its debut in production models later this decade. This feature is capable of semi-automated driving including hands-off lane following, braking, and speed control in specific situations. Super Cruise was designed to ease the driver's workload in bumper-to-bumper traffic or longer trips. This does not mean the driver can just take a nap, as attention is still required. "As we continually upgrade Super Cruise's enabling technologies, it is important to expose the updated system to different environments. The best way to achieve reliable performance is to gather as much data as possible in the conditions our customers will experience," said Jeremy Salinger, R&D manager for Super Cruise, in a statement.
The development of this feature has included system testing on closed courses, a driving simulator, and limited driving on actual roads. When General Motors finishes testing, it expects to have hundreds of thousands of driving miles in different environments, weather and traffic conditions, as well as day and night driving. Added on to the Super Cruise is lane-centering technology that relies on forward-looking cameras to detect lane markings and other road characteristics. It will also use different alerts to communicate with the driver. "Drivers may be tempted to engage in secondary tasks during semi-automated driving, and we need to make sure we understand the changing conditions. In our simulator studies we are developing techniques to manage secondary task behavior to assist in our development of techniques for the road," commented Daniel Glaser, GM Safety Center engineering specialist, in a statement. Check out more about Super Cruise below, as well as technologies currently in use on vehicles such as the 2013 Cadillac ATS and 2013 Cadillac XTS, that will contribute to the system Source: General Motors