General Motors has finally published data on a new generation driver assistance system after several years of hints and announcements. Ultra Cruise is the car’s controller, and she uses cameras, radars, and a leader to do so. Autopilot, according to the business, lets you drive practically anywhere without using your hands because it understands what to do in 95% of road circumstances. It’s sort of like a mobile casino – accessible and easy to navigate. The exact vehicles that will be equipped with UltraCruise are yet unknown, but based on GM’s statements, these will be premium automobiles for 2023.
According to Verge, Ultra Cruise was unveiled at a two-day investor meeting where the American automaker also discussed plans to double revenue by 2030 as it converts to electric vehicles and transforms into a software development company.
What is Known so Far
Thanks to cameras that detect the direction of the driver’s gaze, the first iteration of the company’s advanced driving assistance system (ADAS), Super Cruise, was a safer and more functional version of autopilot than Autopilot Tesla, according to experts. Ultra Cruise will coexist alongside it in the sense that it will continue to be installed in GM consumer vehicles, whilst the innovation is aimed at luxury vehicles.
On about 320,000 kilometers of North American roads, the current Super Cruise technology is in use. Radars and cameras provide her with information about the situation, and she navigates in space using extremely detailed maps of the area of concern.. Ultra Cruise has more features than Super Cruise: it already allows you to travel “hands-free” on highways with a total length of over 3.2 million kilometers, with that number expected to increase to 5.5 million kilometers in the future (for comparison, when Super Cruise debuted in 2017, it worked on 322 thousand km of roads in North America). Ultra Cruise, according to GM President Mark Royce, can assume control on both urban and rural highways, recognizes road signs and markings, and observes other nuances that Super cannot. The autopilot can move while respecting the speed limit, perform automatic and on-demand lane changes, make left and right turns, avoid collisions with close objects, and park in the driveway.
All New Technologies
“Drivers will be able to drive without using their hands on practically all paved routes, including city streets, suburban, and rural highways,” GM’s chief engineer, Jason Ditman, stated. – The sensor architecture has never been seen before. Additional cameras and radars have been installed, as well as lidar.” Nonetheless, GM considers Super Cruise to be a 2nd-level autonomous autopilot, requiring the driver to remain behind the wheel in the event of an emergency.
The top US automobile corporation revealed this summer that it plans to spend 30% more on new automobiles than it did in November. And it’s up to 75% greater than it was before the outbreak. Additional cash will be used to improve electric vehicle production and battery technology development.