Cadillac Working on its “Super Cruise” Auto Drive Technology


Cadillac plans to expand the availability of the Super Cruise technology(Auto Drive Technology), which is the world’s first system to actually help the driver without the need to use hands while driving on highways. Within this framework, the technology will be introduced into the various Cadillac models starting in early 2020 and will be available in other GM brands.

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Cadillac also plans to provide V2X communications technology (built with its surroundings) in the Crossover vehicle with high commercial production by 2023, and later include the rest of the Cadillac family. The Super Cruise driver’s help feature is enabled with the accurate LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) map data and high-resolution GPS, along with a highly sophisticated driver’s attention system, a network of cameras and radar sensors. This feature requires the OnStar service plan to be activated with the availability of emergency services to function in the desired format. Customers can, therefore, drive without the use of hands-on highways in the United States and Canada for distances exceeding 130,000 miles. The driver’s attention system helps keep drivers integrated into the driving process and detects when they need more attention on the road. Even when using Super Cruise technology, drivers must always pay attention and not use any cell phones.

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Cadillac introduced the V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) communication technology on the CTS over the past year and uses a dedicated short-range communication technology (DSRC). Based on the Basic Safety Message as a system footprint, V2V technology can be extended to cover road infrastructure and other road users (eg, cyclists, pedestrians …), creating a communication environment between the vehicle and its V2X environment. Using V2X technology, vehicles compatible with this technology can be notified of hazardous road conditions, traffic light positions, changing work areas and other important matters. With a coverage area of about 1,000 feet, drivers can be alerted to possible hazards in advance to avoid collisions.