This particular decade has become a crossroads for autonomous driving technology. Now more than ever has the rush to autonomy been greater, and that’s evident in mild, semi-autonomous technology hitting the streets today.
On deck is Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology which will be able to take the wheel from the driver in highway conditions. Moreso, the technology will also be paying attention to your eyes, as The Wall Street Journal reports the system will include technology to ensure the driver does not become distracted or fall asleep.
Super Cruise will use visual and audible alerts along with the eye-tracking tech to ensure safe keeping; if you continue to ignore the alerts, an OnStar representative will chime in and speak with you over the intercom.
Cadillac and General Motors will also employ new technologies to keep drivers’ hands on the wheel, too. “You can defeat the hands-on-the-wheel devices pretty readily,” said GM product chief, Mark Reuss. Therefore GM “will use something that’s pretty hard to get around,” he added.
Super Cruise may only be engaged during highway driving where GM has fully detailed map data. This will also allow the car to pull itself over onto the shoulder should it become necessary.