Cadillac’s semi automated driving system, Super Cruise is likely to be seen in the upcoming Cadillac models to be launched by the end of this decade. This system draws attention to real world driving techniques and is undergoing experiment. Some active safety features such as Safety Alert Seat and Driver Awareness and Assist Features have already made their way into the Cadillac 2013 models while with Super Cruise vehicles there will be seen more advanced features to tackle even more exigent driving conditions.
Super Cruise offers driving facilities which take into account braking and speed control. The system is also designed to ease driver’s stress and tension on freeways or while driving in bumper to bumper traffic conditions and while on the road for extended periods of time. However, this system is not totally hands free and does require driver’s alertness at all times.
The system when fitted in Cadillacs uses a mix of radar, ultrasonic sensors, cameras and GPS mapping. However, driver’s attention is paramount due to the fact that the system has its own set of limitations which are based on traffic, weather and visibility where lane markings are concerned. In the absence of data or lane markings, the system will initiate the driver to commence steering operations.
John Capp, GM director of Global Active Safety Electronics and Innovation said, “Super Cruise is designed to give the driver the ability of hands-free driving when the system determines it is safe to do so.” He added, “Before we introduce this capability on a production vehicle we must put the system through rigorous testing and technology refinement.”
Jeremy Salinger, R&D manager for Super Cruise said, “As we continually upgrade Super Cruise’s enabling technologies, it is important to expose the updated system to different environments.” He added, “The best way to achieve reliable performance is to gather as much data as possible in the conditions our customers will experience.”
Daniel Glaser, GM Safety Center engineering specialist said, “Drivers may be tempted to engage in secondary tasks during semi-automated driving, and we need to make sure we understand the changing conditions.” He added, “In our simulator studies we are developing techniques to manage secondary task behavior to assist in our development of techniques for the road.”