Cadillac debuts autonomous driving feature
Look mom, no hands! Thanks to the latest breakthrough in car technology it’s actually safe to say that while driving! Cadillac is introducing its Super Cruise, which is giving drivers the freedom to go hands free using the world’s first true hands-free driving system for the freeway. The Super Cruise feature is available on the 2018 CT6 models which began production last September.
Cadillac Regional Product Trainer Victoria Sins took the new technology out on the road in Rapid City in January at the Denny Menholt Rapid Chevrolet Cadillac dealership.
“The longest I’ve personally driven has been 228 miles without touching the steering wheel,” Sins said.
(See the footage here: https://www.facebook.com/rapidchevrolet/videos/1800480959984957/)
How is that safe, you’re asking? There are plenty of safety features built in to this system to keep you safe, but of course, you still have the ultimate responsibility to operate the vehicle safely and the system actually helps you do that.
Here’s how it works. Super Cruise uses Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to control acceleration and braking. Super Cruise has several other support services, too. Multiple cameras and sensors are at work making sure you’re staying in your lane and alerting you when you’re not with lane departure warnings. And, you should constantly be watching the road, even when your hands are free.
Thanks to the Driver Attention System, proprietary head tracking software keeps an eye on your eyes, making sure they are on the road. A green flashing light built into the steering wheel alerts you when you need to pay more attention or take back control.
Super Cruise is only available on limited access freeways that have no cross traffic. These new vehicles are also using the very latest in precision mapping with over 130,000 miles of freeways mapped. Cadillac engineers used LiDar mapping technology, radar sensors and GPS to detect every curve and hill on the road ahead. All this could actually make very long drives safer and getting to and from work even easier, more convenient and comfortable.
To learn more about the Super Cruise and see it for yourself visit Rapid Chevrolet at 2323 East Mall Drive.