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Cadillac May Offer Self-driving Option by 2015

'Super Cruise' is a step closer to production of autonomous vehicles.

By Clifford Atiyeh Apr 20, 2012 11:59AM
Cadillac tests the Cadillac is working on an autonomous driving system called "Super Cruise" that may be available on production models as early as 2015, the automaker said today.

The auto-steering, auto-braking and lane-centering system is designed to be a convenience feature that can be switched on or off by the driver. It's a bundle of active safety features, such as reverse gear auto-braking and warning vibrations in the driver's seat, that will be offered on the 2013 XTS.

General Motors has been testing autonomous vehicles since 1997, when it ran a "train" of automated Buick LeSabres down a San Diego highway covered with magnetic guides. Those experiments with UC Berkeley, which then expanded to the Netherlands and Japan, debuted many of today's now-common technologies like adaptive cruise control. However, GM hadn't refined an autonomous system until it joined with Carnegie Mellon and won the U.S. military's DARPA competition in 2007 with a self-guided Chevrolet Tahoe.

"There are technologists on the Cadillac project who helped create the DARPA vehicle," Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell told Exhaust Notes. "That was a landmark in what we call 'Sensor Fusion,' the ability to weave together data from multiple sensors and inputs around a car quickly, fusing that info into actions the car takes."

[Source: GM.]
Apr 23, 2012 4:40PM
Frostyross, you do know that Buick, is, GM right?
Apr 23, 2012 10:14AM

(sniff)(sniff) I smell another bailout coming for GM.



Has anyone hammered out who will be responsible if the self driving system causes a crash

It won't be GM but if anything comes of it they will make it a a voluntary recall instead of an actual recall or they might just ignore it altogether and hope it goes away or doesn't happen.



Apr 23, 2012 8:42AM
GM should be focusing on safety first. With so many potentially deadly mistakes in the last year, I would never trust them to make a car that drives for me. I would trust Lincoln or Buick way before these guys.
  Has anyone hammered out who will be responsible if the self driving system causes a crash? GM was on the brink of bankruptcy only a handful of months ago, this is not the kind of company I would trust in this situation.
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