Sensor Technology- The Next Step in Fully Autonomous Driving
March 12, 2012 11:01 am ET
Automobiles are finely tuned machines. From the most advanced to the junker your neighbor won’t get off his lawn – chances are a group of highly educated engineers toiled away for hours testing everything from the axels to the cup holders.
We’ve been seeing self-driving or fully autonomous cars in movies for years. Simply shout out the name of your destination and you’ll be whisked away. In 2008, General Motors showed us how this was possible; creating The Boss a Chevy Tahoe that could navigate itself through 60 miles of urban jungle.
Now in 2012, Cadillac and GM haven’t built a fleet of robot cars but they have taken the industry one step closer by creating the Driver Assistance Package for the all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS. The Sensor Fusion uses a combination of radar and camera’s to give the car 360⁰ of protection. The sensors include:
- Rear Automatic Braking
- Full-Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control
- Intelligent Brake Assist
- Forward Collision Alert
- Safety Alert Seat
- Automatic Collision Preparation
- Lane Departure Warning
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Adaptive Forward Lighting
- Rear Vision Camera With Dynamic Guidelines
- Head Up Display
This innovative technology is the automotive industry’s next step to programming cars to stay in their own lanes and further on drive without human control.
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