The 2017 model-year Cadillac CT6 and CTS will be the very first GM products to showcase the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving technology and, as such, many are curious to learn how it works and how it will differ from the competition.
John McElroy, host of Autoline Daily, recently caught up with Cem Saraydar, Director of the Electrical and Control Systems Research Lab at GM, at the Autonomous Car Conference in Detroit, to find out a little more about what we can expect behind the wheel.
As the Saraydar explains, Super Cruise will differ from current semi-autonomous because it will allow drivers to fully take their hands off the wheel, a feature currently not offered by companies like Mercedes-Benz.
“It’s an assistance feature that allows the customer to lay their hands off the steering wheel and feet off the pedals,” he says. “But the customers are still in the loop,” says Saraydar.
As McElroy points out, Volvo already offers a hands-free driving mode that can be deployed in traffic. The CT6, meanwhile, is set to be the very first vehicle capable of hands-free driving at highway speeds.
Unfortunately, the news gets worse for troglodytes like us who prefer to steer for themselves.
“As the technology advances, I believe we will find more ways of giving more of the driving task responsible to the vehicle. We’re not there yet.”
Put another way, it seems its only a matter of time before
robots enslave humankind we’ll be relegated to mere observers behind the wheel.
Before that happens, be sure to take five minutes and get the skinny on Super Cruise above.
The 2016 model-year Cadillac CT6 is scheduled to launch later this year.