Possible GM/Google Hookup on Self-Driving Tech, New Super Cruise Features


Possible GM/Google Hookup on Self-Driving Tech, New Super Cruise Features

Nov 3, 2015

General Motors has signaled interest in partnering with Google on autonomous-car technology, making it the first major automaker to publicly suggest a supplier-like tie-up with the search giant.

“We make cars, we know how to make cars. They’ve got great technical capabilities. We are very interested in how those two might work together,” Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, told Bloomberg. “I love working with them. I think they feel the same way.”

There’s nothing official at the moment, but gaining GM would be a key win for Google as the company tries to position itself as an automotive supplier. Still, GM’s Super Cruise—a semiautonomous, hands-free highway assist that will debut on the 2017 Cadillac CT6—is well on its way without any Google assistance. Thanks to Bloomberg, we know a few new details, the most obvious being that it won’t cruise as carefree as Tesla’s Autopilot.

First, automated lane-changing won’t be offered, although GM considered it. Two, a camera, likely the same sort of infrared camera that the Lexus LS uses to monitor the driver’s eye movements and detect drowsiness, will track the driver’s attention span and use Cadillac’s vibrating seat to shake an inattentive driver back into consciousness. Like Autopilot, however, Super Cruise also will bring the car to a full stop if the driver ignores visual and audio warnings to take control. How exactly that might happen on a crowded interstate remains a mystery, however.

(source: caranddriver.com)

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