We told you about Cadillac’s and General Motors’ plans for so-called “Super Cruise” some time ago. It’s the General’s next step toward autonomous cars. Everybody’s doin’ it, don’tcha know? Now, GM is putting the system through its paces using a driving simulator.
A press release from GM said the technology is helping GM engineers study how drivers interact with Super Cruise. The release said a 2-terabyte-per-second image generator drives a 360-degree high-definition projection screen. The screen visuals reportedly can respond to steering and pedal inputs in as little as 70 milliseconds. Super Cruise developers are using the system to gauge users’ eye movements, control interactions, and more.
GM Electrical, Controls, and Active Safety Research Director John Capp said, “Simulator testing helps our vehicle teams understand the consequences of design decisions quickly and early in the development cycle when it is cost effective to do so. Ultimately, the work done here enables the rapid development of sophisticated systems like Super Cruise and leads to improved driving experiences for our customers.”
GM said the system can load vehicle concept designs and integrate new prototype controls in the test vehicle with minimum programming or preparation, which ought to make Super Cruise testing much more productive in these early stages. Suppliers also can load their models to test some vehicle control subsystems before building them, the release said.
GM sees a future where driver assistance technologies such as semi-autonomous cruise control may be necessary to maintain driver alertness and safety. To that end, the release said Super Cruise is designed to reduce the driver’s workload on freeways only, in bumper-to-bumper traffic and on long road trips. However, the release cautioned that driver attention is still required. Sorry, no reading your current Kindle fave as you commute. At least not yet.