General Motors Incorporating Autonomous “Hands-Free” Super Cruise in 2020 Cadillac

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We’re inching closer and closer. While we still don’t have autonomous cars in the marketplace, auto manufacturers are being to incorporate the features into their next-generation vehicles. While Tesla announced last week that Autopilot will be on their electric cars ordered online, General Motors had their own announcement. “Super Cruise,” their similar hands-free system, will be added to the 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan.

Super Cruise on the Cadillac CT 5

Super Cruise, while keeping right in line with nomenclature that we would expect from Cadillac, works a lot like Autopilot from Tesla. It guides the car with sensors, cameras, and GPS to guide the car along the road, but at this time it only works with certain highways in the United States and Canada, roads that the computer knows.

However, it goes one better than Autopilot in that drivers don’t have to keep their hands on the wheel, that is if they’re brave enough to trust it. A small camera stays trained on the driver and notifies them when they need to get back into driving mode.

The autonomous self-driving feature in cars is rated on a scale of 0 to 5, with 5 being a fully self-driving vehicle. As mentioned earlier, that’s not available quite yet, but we’re inching closer to that. Super Cruise and Autopilot offer Level 2 and 3 with regards to autonomy, meaning a mix of human and computer driving.

News Cadillac Super Cruise Console

General Motors will include the Super Cruise feature in the 2020 CT5 Cadillac sedan, offering drivers hands-free driving assistance when the environment allows it. Currently, there are 130,000 miles of highways that have been mapped out for use with the feature.

Previously, the feature was only available on the Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan, but now it will be available on the CT5 as well as on routes that Cadillac has programmed into the computers.

The Cadillac CT5 will also feature a 10-inch screen up front and advanced driver assistance features including automatic braking, advanced cruise control, parking assistance, and a rear camera mirror with HD live video.

Cadillac CT5 Availability

The CT5 sedan will be at the New York Auto Show this week. Price is not known at this time, but the Cadillac CTS will start around $46,000. This car is expected to carry a price tag that is close to the same.

Will you be interested in buying a Cadillac CT5 for its autonomous Super Cruise feature? Or does such a thing still concern you? Drop your thoughts and concerns in the comments section below.

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  1. “A small camera stays trained on the driver and notifies them when they need to get back into driving mode.”
    Color me skeptical. It sounds great in theory and in the lab under controlled, predictable conditions. But how will it be out in the wild where unpredictability is the norm?

    In an emergency situations, split seconds count. While the time lag between the car issuing a warning and the driver taking over and reacting to the danger may be short, it is still longer than if the driver was in control when the situation occurred and reacted. Then there is human behavior to consider. Even now when the car requires 100% of the driver’s attention, drivers become distracted. What will drivers do when faced with minutes (or longer) of just sitting? Being human, they will start doing SOMETHING just to use the free time and keep from being bored. They may start fiddling with the entertainment system, or start reading, or start eating, or put on make up, etc, etc, etc. When something happens that the autopilot cannot handle and the driver’s interaction is needed, the time lag can be seconds which, when traveling at highway speeds, can be an eternity.

    As an example. I used to drive I-87 between Albany, NY and Montreal, Que. quite often, mostly at night. The travel time is about 3+ hours and, for most of the distance, there very few cars on the road. It’s a perfect situation for an autopilot. But what am I, the driver, going to do for 2-3 hours while the autopilot is controlling the car? It is impossible to stay alert for that long and there is only so much thumb twiddling I can do. If an emergency occurred, I’m sure I would not be able to react in time to bring about a safe result. Chances are I would have an accident.

    Then there is the possibility of a mechanical failure of the autopilot. Commercial airliners have had autopilot for many years and evry once in a while, those autopilot develop problems. Plane pilots have much more time to react to those problems than a driver would, minutes (or longer) versus seconds. Even with as much time as pilots have to react to autopilot problems, there have been times that they could fix the problem and the plane crashed. Autopilots are very reliable but they are not infallible. Same would go for car autopilots.

    “Or does such a thing still concern you? ”
    Obviously such things do concern me. Let’s not forget the incident in Arizona where a Uber car running on autopilot ran down a woman.

    1. There’s also the incident with the Tesla where the Apple engineer died.

      I think there’s a delicate balance, and that right balance between invention and human reaction is going to be hard to find. There are many, many, car accidents related to human error, and there are times if it was controlled be a computer, it may have saved lives. Bu there are also computer-controlled crashes that may have been prevented if human reactions and though process were involved. And there just isn’t enough data with enough autonomous cars on the road to tell us whether it’s worse or better with the autonomous help.

      But somewhere in there there’s a delicate balance between machine and human with the right balance of power between the two to keep people the safest. The difficult part is finding that balance.

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