Washington, Sept 26: For those of you who have dreamed of riding in a car that drives by itself, your fantasy may soon become a reality – thanks to General Motors.
The American car maker is in the final stages of developing a car that can stay in its lane, steer away from danger, apply breaks when needed, completely on its own, nearly eliminating the possibility of a collision.
“The vehicle can take complete control and take you to your destination – in comfort, and safety, and security,” Don Butler. Vice President of Marketing for Cadillac told ABC News.
“We can foresee the day when vehicles will be able to completely avoid collisions,” he said.
It’s been a carmaker’s dream since George Jetson sat in his driverless, flying car. Now, it is just years away.
“I think it’s highly likely that before the end of this decade, we’ll be in driving modes that will be semi-autonomous,” Butler said.
“Steering will be controlled by the vehicle. Speed will be controlled by the vehicle. Your direction will be controlled by the vehicle,” he added.
The prototype for the new Supercruise feature uses radar, cameras and GPS to drive itself-with a push of a button.
Motorists use the car with no hands on the steering wheel and feet off the pedals, and are essentially able to look away entirely.
The technology is designed to keep the vehicle in its lane and at a safe distance from the car in front of it. The car will also apply the brakes to avoid a collision, even when a car driving 30 miles slower suddenly pulls in front of it.
At anytime the driver can take back control of the vehicle. But on the highway, when driving is the least fun and humans are easily distracted, Supercruise can safely navigate the hazards.
Supercruise is now in its final stages of development, as GM is designing driver-friendly controls.
The company expects the technology to be in cars as early as the 2015 model year. (ANI)