MILFORD, Mich. (WXYZ) - The days of "Super Cruise" driving is rapidly approaching.
GM is at the forefront of autonomous driving and predicts your car will do most of the driving for you within a few years.
It's the most fun you can have -not- driving a car... seriously I know a lot of you may not like the idea of a self-driving vehicle, but a visit to GM's Milford proving grounds convinced me that not only is it more relaxing, it's a lot safer.
General Motors invited me to autonomously drive a vehicle over a two hour time frame on a 4 mile track to demonstrate Cadillac's "Super Cruise" technology.
GM is in a race to develop their super cruise driving technology first as others like, Volkswagen, Ford, even Tesla have announced plans to develop autonomous driving. Analysts say Nissan and Mercedes may be ahead of the competition, but clearly GM is not far behind and Cadillac especially.
My car senses the other car, and slows down to 56 mph... and I didn't have to do a thing. How does the car drive itself? This Cadillac is equipped with cameras that see the lane markings, sensors and mapping to get you around corners and radar that tells the car to speed up or slow down when a car enters your lane...
It's taken tens of thousand of hours of development and will take hundreds of thousands of miles before it's ready for the consumer.
Research Program Manager Jeremy Salinger, now behind the wheel tells me GMs super cruise will lead to safer driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports around 30,000 people die on U.S. roads each year, 90-percent due to human error. GM hopes "Super Cruise" will reduce driver error, road rage and fatigue on long cross country trips and in stop and go traffic...
Aspects of autonomous driving are already being used with blind spot warnings and adaptive cruise, but expect the complete autonomous system to be first introduced in high end cars offered as an expensive option, but soon after -- like the DVD player -- the cost will go down as the technology increases.