Recall a period in time when science fiction visualized colonies on Mars, recreational trips to the moon, and vehicles that would drive themselves on the road. And while it unfortunately seems highly unlikely that humans will hike on the moon or grow crops on Mars anytime soon, GM, through Cadillac, is developing (semi) autonomous vehicle technology that could change the way people commute as soon as mid-decade.
The technology goes by the name “Super Cruise,” and Cadillac says that its capable of fully-automatic steering, braking and lane-centering in highway driving, under certain optimal conditions. Elements of Super Cruise will be available in the upcoming ATS and XTS via the optional Driver Assist Package, which includes features like rear automatic braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, brake assist, forward collision alert, automatic collision preparation, industry’s-first safety alert seat, and more.
Now, GM says the tricky part to getting Super Cruise to be fully functional is the integration of lane- centering technology that relies on forward-looking cameras to detect lane markings and GPS map data to detect curves and other road characteristics. But give it a few years, and we could very well see this technology in future Cadillacs… with the Omega-based flagship LTS possibly being the first to use the technology.