General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) subsidiary, Cadillac, created a line of semi-autonomous vehicle that allows driver to go hands-free but only on the highway. Cadillac will be demonstrating 12 of its new Super Cruise equipped CT6 vehicles across the country from New York to California.
Along the nationwide road trip, the CT6 vehicles will make stops in cities such as Cleveland, Ohio, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, and other cities. It will be a 130,000 miles hands-free, but with a driver in the seat, drive from coast to coast.
“Cadillac is setting new industry standards with ground-breaking driver assistance technologies like Super Cruise, the world’s first true hands-free driving system for the freeway,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “We are excited to bring Super Cruise, a true testament to Cadillac’s innovative spirit and technical capability, on its first-ever hands-free drive on freeways from coast to coast.”
According to Bloomberg, the Cadillac system will accelerate, brake, and keep a safe following distance per the pre-set cruise speed while slowly turning at corners. The hardware, which is a series of radar-blasting pods and seven cameras, including an infrared unit, only works on freeways with exits and on-ramps, and only when cruise-control is activated and the vehicle is traveling dead-center in a lane.
Tesla Inc. has been dubbed the leader in the self-driving car industry but after one of its accidents last year, led the company to redevelop its hardware again. Although, unlike Cadillac, Tesla’s self driving models will be able to do much more than just drive straight down a highway. Tesla claims that its models will be able to park it self and detect much more surroundings than other companies. Basically, Tesla’s concept is to be able to replace the driver and to be a completely non-interactive drive.
Cadillac isn’t looking for a fully autonomous vehicle. The company wants to deploy vehicles that give drivers the choice as well as being inside the vehicle.
“We do not seek to replace the driver,” said Nysschen, “True luxury means the flexibility of choice.”
"By changing state law to allow automated vehicle testing and partnering with Cadillac to bring its headquarters to New York City, Governor Cuomo has positioned New York State to take the lead in the development of the driverless/hands-free technology that is rapidly transforming the automotive industry.” said Lieutenant Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul.