General Motors’ Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system has taken heat for a year-long delay, but GM product chief, Mark Reuss, says the automaker is in no rush to push out a half-baked system.
According to The Detroit Free Press, Reuss spoke of the system in its latest form on the sidelines of a cyber security conference in Detroit, Michigan.
Foremost, Super Cruise will only be available during highway driving. GM has painstakingly ensured the system will only recognize highways, not local roads, through a 3D vision technology known as Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR).
A series of lights will let the driver know when the system may be engaged.
“More importantly, it does a comparison of what the driver is actually doing … Through the driver’s eye you can detect his or her level of attention,” Reuss said.
Reuss also stated he and other GM employees recently tested the latest version of Super Cruise at the Milford Proving Grounds, but did not offer an availability date for when it would find its way to the 2016 Cadillac CT6.
He stated GM is prepared to delay the technology further should a glitch arise.
“We’ll put it out there when it’s ready,” Reuss said.
GM has taken the delay time to further hone the system, especially in light of recent Tesla Autopilot fatalities, the Silicon Valley automaker’s semi autonomous driving system.