DETROIT: General Motors CEO, Mary Barra, has unveiled plans to make driving safer through hands-free technology, after a string of recalls that has dogged the company.
Their ‘’Super Cruise’’ – semi auto pilot will be provided by GM’s top brand, Cadillac, on certain 2017 model cars.
This technology features interaction with other vehicles on the road. Vehicle to vehicle communication will make drivers understand other situations and intersections better.
The new technology will also be available outside the USA, according to Barra. The demand for the technology is rising tremendously in Europe and China, where accidents happen routinely.
She further added, ‘”We are not doing this for the sake of the technology itself. We’re doing it because it’s what customers around the world want.
“Through technology and innovation, we will make driving safer.”
Super Cruise has the ability to provide customers with a unique driving experience. It’s a complete package, as it includes speed control, hands-free lane following and braking control while driving on highways.
The whole thing has been designed, keeping in mind the comfort of the driver. The technology will be advantageous as the driver will be able to drive freely and comfortably on long trips and in heavy traffic.
The vehicle to vehicle communication technology includes a number of advantages e.g. it helps the driver by providing him with information such as the location, speed and direction of other cars to minimize traffic congestion and collisions. It would also provide forward collision warning as an active safety feature.
The world is becoming more congested due to the rise in population so accidents are a global concern.
“Advancing technology so that people can more safely live their lives is a responsibility we embrace,” Barra said. She emphasized that customers trust GM’s technology and safety records.
Barra added that GM is working on strengthening its Cadillac brand, which is ‘’incredibly influential’’.
“We have a lot of work to do at Cadillac. We’re rebuilding Cadillac and that is going to take some time,” Barra told reporters after a speech marking the opening of Intelligent Transportation System World Congress.
GM’S vehicles are safer in general, in spite of massive recalls, added Barra.
“When you look at the safety we have on today’s vehicles, and the rating they’ve gotten from a variety of external sources, those vehicles speak for themselves,” she said. – AFP
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