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GM Makes Impact with Collision Avoidance Technology

Maker displays latest capabilities at ITS show in Detroit.

by on Sep.09, 2014

The Opel Insignia demonstrates intersection collision avoidance with a Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 second generation electric networked vehicle.

In July, the streets of Belle Isle, Detroit’s history island park in the Detroit River, saw Indy cars roaring around the road venue, but now it is hosting self-driving two-seaters that are closer to floating bubbles than open-wheel racers.

The night after Mary Barra, General Motors CEO, announced the Cadillac brand will be the first of the maker’s products to get Super Cruise, a slew of technologies that make a vehicle nearly autonomous, the maker showed off the next step in that technology, led by the second generation EN-V, Chevrolet’s electric networked vehicle.

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GM showed off its original two-wheeled EN-V concept in 2010 at Shanghai World Expo, but the latest version is a four-wheeler with all-wheel drive that uses a slew of cameras, laser radar (lidar) and V2X communications “offer a hands-free, low-speed electric driving experience.” (more…)

Hands-off, We Take a Drive GM’s Autonomous “Super Cruise”

by on Mar.29, 2012

Slip into your EN-VI pod and plug in a destination before turning the driving duties over to your vehicle? That's one increasingly real vision of the future.

It sounds easy enough. Pilot a sport-utility vehicle around a banked test track at General Motors Milford Proving Ground. But there is a catch and it’s a big one: while you’re sitting behind the wheel you’ll also be sitting on your hands, letting a complex network of cameras, radar sensors and computers handle the actual job of driving at speeds approaching 70 miles per hour.

Unnerving, most definitely, but the system, dubbed Super Cruise” by GM engineers and researchers, offers a glimpse into the future of motoring. Once you get the SUV is up and moving, the system works flawlessly. The computer keeps the vehicle perfect centered in the lane even when the SUV is moving at good clip.

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The advanced version of the adaptive cruise control modulates the speeds to keep pace with the rest of the – manually operated — traffic on the test traffic. It slows when the researchers simulate a back-up around a freeway off ramp and speeds up as the traffic eases. We’re quickly back up to freeway speed.