Cadillac is currently testing a semi-autonomous technology called Super Cruise, in preparation for launch in production vehicles by mid-decade. The name Super Cruise suggests it’s something like the adaptive cruise control Mercedes has been offering for years. But it’s more than that for one good reason; Cadillac’s system also does fully automatic steering.
Designed mainly for freeway driving, the system uses information from radars, ultrasonic sensors, cameras and GPS map data to detect curves and other road characteristics, and pilot the car in the right direction, make steering corrections, and brake if necessary. The integration of lane-centering technology is critical here.
This technology, of course, has its limitations. When there isn’t sufficient data available for the system to operate – such as in bad weather and visibility of lane markings – it cannot be engaged and the driver needs to do the driving. He can still uses the cruise control function, but the auto steering won’t work.
This video should give you a better understanding of the Super Cruise system:
Cadillac Super Cruise uses many technologies – and will be offered as part of – the Driver Assist Package. It currently consists of features like:
- Rear Automatic Braking
- Full-Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control
- Intelligent Brake Assist
- Forward Collision Alert
- Safety Alert Seat
- Automatic Collision Preparation
- Lane Departure Warning
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Adaptive Forward Lighting
- Rear Vision Camera With Dynamic Guidelines
- Head Up Display