http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/09 ... illac.html
Cadillac embarks on first hands-free cross-country highway drive with Super Cruise
. . .Super Cruise utilizes two advanced technology systems—a driver attention system and precision LiDAR map data.
A group of stakeholders and media will put the power of Super Cruise technology to the test in twelve Super Cruise-equipped Cadillac CT6 vehicles, which departed from Cadillac House in New York City and will travel to Los Angeles, California.
Crossing through 16 states, plus the District of Columbia . . . the drive program will make stops in major cities across the US including: Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Memphis, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Santa Fe, New Mexico and Phoenix, Arizona. Super Cruise is Cadillac’s driver assistance feature which enables hands-free, driver-assisted operation on 130,000 miles of limited access, divided freeways in the US. . . .
Super Cruise will be available this fall in the 2018 Cadillac CT6.
By not limiting use (at least initially) of Super Cruise to the safest types of roads, with no oncoming or at-grade cross traffic that complicate the sensor and processing requirements, Cadillac seems to be running the same risk as Tesla which led to Joshua Brown's accident. Although they say not to use it other than on limited-access divided freeways, they apparently still allow it, else there would be no need for the warning. I wonder if they will change that given the NTSB finding in the Joshua Brown accident.
Super Cruise seems to be a Level 2 or 3 system, using a camera to monitor driver attention: http://www.cadillac.com/world-of-cadillac/innovation/super-cruise.html?ppc=GOOGLE_700000001297222_71700000025000383_58700003076487421_p24180568886&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7sK6wtDB1gIVgoFpCh32_gZcEAAYASAAEgJazPD_BwE
As the warnings on when not to use it include when visibility is limited or In slippery or other adverse conditions, including rain, sleet, fog, ice, or snow, IMO they should further limit its use to times when the headlights or windshield wipers aren't in use - turning either on should prevent turning Super Cruise on, or if already in use should disengage (safely) Super Cruise.
Daimler Trucks testing truck platooning on public highways in the US
. . . In truck platooning, connectivity and automated driving improve safety within the vehicle convoys, support drivers and enhance efficiency through closer distances between the connected trucks.
Having started with successful trials on Daimler Trucks North America’s proving ground in Madras, Oregon, DTNA has received the appropriate permission from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). In a first step called “pairing”, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is testing its platooning technology in two connected Freightliner New Cascadia truck trailer combinations. . . .
In a joint effort with fleet customers, DTNA is working to understand how platooning technology may impact fleet operations (e.g. dispatch, logistics, driver training). In a joint effort with large fleet customers DTNA will test digitally connected trucks in every day transport business. With its Freightliner and Western Star brands Daimler Trucks is the market leader accounting for a 40% market share in the North American truck market. . . .
Wi-Fi-based vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) interacts with Freightliner’s Detroit Assurance 4.0 driver assistance systems featuring Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Assist and Active Brake Assist 4. This technology offers fuel savings to the customer when two or more Freightliner trucks closely follow each other, lowering aerodynamic drag and adding safety, because V2V reaction times have dropped to about 0.2 or 0.3 seconds; humans response time is usually not faster than one second. . . .