Earlier this month, I was changing lanes on Bay Area highways with just the push of a turn signal in a Cadillac Escalade with the latest version of Super Cruise. I didn't have to check my blind spot or quickly accelerate to get over. The massive SUV did all that for me once its cameras, radars, and sensing equipment determined it was safe to do so. Once centered in the new lane I turned the indicator off, put my hands back in my lap, and the car continued to drive me along. Super Cruise is a driver assistance technology that's been available in certain Cadillac models since 2017 and is coming to more GM cars in the future, with 22 vehicle types slated to be equipped with the hands-free driving system by 2023.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a crash and fire involving a Telsa Model S car. Two teens died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida crash on Tuesday. The probe is not expected to involve Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot system. You've heard of Tesla Autopilot, but perhaps not always in a good way: The semi-autonomous driving system is now under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board for the role it may have played in a March fatal accident near Mountain View, Calif. But you might not have heard about Cadillac Super Cruise and Nissan ProPilot Assist, two other semi-autonomous driving systems that are available in new cars today.
Disappointed Tesla fans have spent the week waiting for an updated version of the electric car's advanced driver assistance system, Autopilot. Called "Full Self-Driving," or FSD, it's been available to a small, select group of Tesla owners since October, but CEO Elon Musk promised widespread access starting last week. Then he pushed out the wider release a few more days, and now it's the weekend and Tesla drivers are still waiting. Even if Tesla drivers don't have access to a more adept version of Autopilot that can autosteer, stop at stop signs, and accelerate on smaller city streets, the original automated assistance system is still available for anyone who bought the extra feature. While Tesla has offered Autopilot since 2014, competitors have cropped up, like General Motors' Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance feature in 2017.
How on earth did they get their driver's license? This is something we've all said about some maniac on the road. Despite strict laws, there are still plenty of people not concentrating on the road. Thankfully, the future of safer driving is upon us. The eventuality is that driving could become a thing of the past.
An Audi A8 in testing mode works on refining a suite of semi-autonomous driver-assist features that allow drivers to hand over some tasks to the automobile, though they must check in with the steering wheel often to keep the system active. Car companies battling for their share of $2 trillion in annual global auto sales increasingly lean on shiny tech that takes over some of the driving from humans. Boasting names such as Autopilot, Super Cruise and ProPilot Assist, these systems -- whose radar and cameras are the building blocks of self-driving cars -- are part of a growing effort by manufacturers to woo with computing power rather than horsepower. But on the heels of two Teslas that crashed while on Autopilot, automakers find themselves increasingly torn between hyping the tech and warning owners about its limitations. Nissan's ProPILOT Assist technology, which is paving the way for future fully autonomous vehicles, is aimed at reducing the hassle of stop-and-go driving by helping control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway driving.