Safe Autonomous Driving With The Cadillac Super Cruise
Autonomous driving is the technology of the automotive industry’s future. However, many drivers are hesitant about letting the vehicle take over the wheel. How safe is the technology? Cadillac, inventors of Super Cruise autonomous driving, has a little insight about safety on the road.
Barry Walkup, Chief Engineer of Cadillac Super Cruise said, “When we were developing Super Cruise, we knew it was important to keep the driver engaged during operation. That’s why we’ve added a driver attention function, to insist on driver supervision.”
The team at Cadillac added, “Existing driver assist systems only rely upon steering wheel input and warning messages to request driver attention and control. Cadillac is the only manufacturer to monitor driver attention to the road ahead when Super Cruise is engaged. If the system detects the driver has turned attention away from the road ahead for too long, it will prompt the driver to return their attention to the road ahead. If the driver does not immediately refocus on the road, Super Cruise will continue to safely steer until a further escalation of alerts prompts the driver to resume supervision.”
For enhanced safety, drivers can opt for additional visual indicators, Cadillac’s Safety Alert Seat, and audible alerts. If a driver becomes incapacitated while driving, the Cadillac Super Cruise technology will safely move the car to the side of the road and call for emergency medical assistance. So many important steps have been taken to ensure the safety of drivers in Cadillac’s autonomous vehicles with Super Cruise technology.
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