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GM Debuts Automatic Driving Technology This Fall

Coming in the fall of this year, GM will launch its Super Cruise advanced highway automatic driving technology, debuting first in the new Cadillac CT6. Super Cruise has been in the works for a few years now, and the semi-autonomous drive mode is almost ready for its debut, after its release date was pushed from 2016 to 2017 to give engineers more time to focus on designing the safest system possible.

Super Cruise offers features similar to Tesla’s Autopilot, which can take over control of driving in highway settings, maintaining lane position and adapting speed based on surrounding traffic. The feature will be available on a limited basis, with access narrowed to “divided, limited-access highways” with “defined ‘on’ and ‘off’ ramps” according to The Verge. The system will also track driver head position using infrared cameras built into the steering wheel that will make sure they pay attention while the feature is engaged, and will alert them via a steering-wheel mounted light notification system, and audio alerts, if they stop.
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GM has also incorporate a fail-safe measure that will stop the vehicle safely if a driver ends up not being able to respond to the alerts, a feature which Tesla also implements in its Autopilot software. Super Cruise can also be updated over-the-air, another similarity between it and Tesla’s offering.

However, unlike Autopilot, GM’s semi-autonomous highway driving features incorporate LiDAR data. Tesla has refrained from equipping its vehicles with the high-resolution laser detection tech, and GM isn’t putting LiDAR on consumer cars either. Cost of components and the aesthetics likely make this an unappealing way to go, but GM has an interesting workaround to both use LiDAR data and keep it off production vehicles: It’s deploying a fleet of LiDAR mapping cars that will image highways where Super Cruise is used and make that information available to the system over-the-air.

The option is a paid add-on, with a $2,500 upgrade price and a $3,100 additional requirement if you get a trim-model that doesn’t include a driver assist suite lumped into the existing price. Super Cruise finally getting on the road is definitely exciting, but this is also the year Elon Musk has said he’s aiming to field a first coast-to-coast test of Tesla’s full self-driving technology. In other words, we’re off to the autonomous races.

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Auto Technology: New Vehicles May Be Required To Come Equipped With V2V By 2023

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a proposal recently to require all new vehicles to come equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities. It isn’t an official requirement yet however, if it goes into effect in 2019, manufacturers would be able to phase the technology into their fleets over a few years, with all new vehicles being required to communicate with each other by 2023. The guideline not only requires the technology to be on board; it also standardizes the messages that vehicles will share. Each vehicle would come with a short-range communications (DSRC) unit that receives and sends out basic safety messages (BSMs).

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BSMs are basic and include data like speed, heading, and brake status. The proposal says specifically, “NHTSA purposely does not require some elements to alleviate potential privacy concerns.” The target here is to confirm all vehicles are speaking the same language in short messages. The proposal also includes a requirement that all vehicles be able to receive over-the-air security and software updates, with “consumer consent, where appropriate.” The proposal is pretty clear that vehicles should use the data received to engage other on-board sensor and safety systems, like automatic emergency braking. NHTSA also calls out the benefits of vehicles communicating in a swarm and helping each other to see beyond the limits of their own sensors and DSRC messages.

The government does not believe V2V technology is moving fast enough. The proposed rule states, “Without government action, these challenges could prevent this promising safety technology from achieving sufficiently widespread use throughout the vehicle fleet to achieve these benefits.” NHTSA also notes that without requiring this technology, consumers may not choose to purchase it. If you the consumer only see safety benefits from V2V when other cars have it, but not enough other people are buying it, then you might not buy it either. NHTSA is just going to require all vehicles to have it.

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