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The Cadillac Of Autonomous Vehicles

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On: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 5:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Cadillac Of Autonomous Vehicles

Everyone's slowly inching toward a reality of self-driving vehicles, and it appears the trail is going to be blazed by luxury automakers. After all, these automakers could actually expect to fetch the price premium that advanced, autonomous vehicular systems will undoubtedly command when they first hit market. Cadillac is the latest automaker to show off some autonomous wares.

As the name "Super Cruise" conveys, Cadillac's technology is basically an advanced cruise control system. In addition to accelerating and keeping speed up like other cruise control systems, Super Cruise also takes over steering, braking and lane centering functions, rendering the driver an emergency manual back-up.

Like other systems of its kind, Super Cruise uses a blend of technologies to safely navigate roads. It receives feedback from radar, ultrasonic sensor, camera and GPS systems. Many of the building blocks of the system already exist on the market today in the Driver Assist Package Cadillac offers on the 2013 XTS and ATS. The Super Cruise system adds new lane-centering technology that relies on cameras and GPS map data to augment existing sensor systems. The cameras read road markings and the map data serves to provide information about upcoming curves and road features.

Of course, drivers won't be able to lay back and take a nap. Cadillac says that changes in weather or poor road markings could cause insufficient data for the system to function properly. In those situations, the driver would need to retake the wheel.

Cadillac is currently road testing the Super Cruise technology and says that it could have it market ready by the middle of the decade. Take a closer look in the video below.


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