Cadillac announces plans to have semi-autonomous cars within two years

General Motors’ CEO, Mary Barra, officially revealed Cadillac’s plans to begin introducing semi-autonomous cars and systems within two years, which is colloquially named, Super Cruise.

Due for a reveal sometime in 2017 on an undisclosed model, the Super Cruise system features similar tech to other models with semi-autonomous features, including an array of cameras, sensors, and lots of computers, enabling owners to be able to drive hands-free in various conditions while controlling lane tracking, braking, and speed on the highway.

In addition to the Super Cruise systems, Barra confirmed the 2017 Cadillac CTS is set to offer new vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology as a part of GM’s plan to make allow cars to talk to each other to boost on-road safety and awareness to other drivers.

For the press release, check it out after the jump.

Cadillac to Introduce Advanced ‘Intelligent and Connected’ Vehicle Technologies on Select 2017 Models

Super Cruise and V2V technologies slated for production in about two years

DETROIT – Cadillac will begin offering advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies on certain 2017 model year vehicles, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Sunday during her keynote address at the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress in Detroit.

In about two years, an all-new 2017 Cadillac vehicle will offer customers an advanced driver assist technology called Super Cruise and in the same timeframe the 2017 Cadillac CTS will be enabled with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology.

“A tide of innovation has invigorated the global auto industry, and we are taking these giant leaps forward to remain a leader of new technology,” Barra said. “We are not doing this for the sake of the technology itself. We’re doing it because it’s what customers around the world want. Through technology and innovation, we will make driving safer.”

Super Cruise, the working name for GM’s automated driving technology, will offer customers a new type of driving experience that includes hands-off lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions. The system is designed to increase the comfort of an attentive driver on freeways, both in bumper-to-bumper traffic and on long road trips.

V2V communication technology could mitigate many traffic collisions and improve traffic congestion by sending and receiving basic safety information such as location, speed and direction of travel between vehicles that are approaching each other. It will warn drivers and can supplement active safety features, such as forward collision warning, already available on many production cars.

As the world becomes more congested and new populations need access to personal mobility, accidents continue to be a global concern. A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study estimated that the economic and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States is more than $870 billion per year.

“Advancing technology so that people can more safely live their lives is a responsibility we embrace,” Barra said.

– By: Chris Chin

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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