General Motors’ futuristic semi-autonomous driving technologies now appears tinged with nostalgia.
The automaker’s “Super Cruise” self-driving function was initial announced back in September 2014, but the new model several expected to be launched with the feature — the 2016 Cadillac CT6 — showed up without it.
Now, GM plans to debut the function subsequent year, and a recently intercepted letter from the federal government shows what to expect from the system.
Super Cruise permits drivers to let the vehicle take over some piloting duties on the highway and in site visitors, but it is not a completely autonomous program. It appears to be significantly less capable than Tesla’s old Autopilot, but that could be on goal. (We all remember the problems that company’s self-driving method developed.)
According to Reuters, a letter sent to GM from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration describes how vehicles equipped with the technology will automatically pull themselves over and cease, hazard lights flashing, if drivers go too hands-off.
The shutdown mode becomes activated if a road becomes as well twisty for the system to navigate, or if a driver fails to respond to repeated alerts. Nevertheless, the country’s road security regulator worried about the shutdown procedure. In its letter, NHTSA asked GM to “ensure that this fallback remedy does not pose an unreasonable danger to safety.”
It seems that the shutdown mode is a drowsy driver’s greatest pal. A GM spokesperson told Reuters that Super Cruise involves facial recognition technology that concerns alerts to prod a distracted or drowsy driver back to awareness. The alerts consist of a flashing gauge cluster light, seat vibrations, an audible warning, and at some point the voice of an OnStar representative.
If there’s no response, it’s assumed the driver is incapacitated and the program activates shutdown mode.
Barring an additional setback, anticipate to see Super Cruise offered on a Cadillac model sometime in 2017.