GM Defends Decision to Delay Super Cruise

While some have criticized GM’s decision to delay its semi-autonomous Super Cruise technology, the company says it has used the extra time to minimize risks. 

The Detroit Free Press caught up with Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president for global product development, on the sidelines of a cyber security conference in Detroit last week, who said drivers will not be able to activate Super Cruise unless it’s on a highway that GM has exhaustively mapped using LiDAR.

In addition a sequence of lights on the steering wheel will signal the systems ability to engage. “More importantly, it does a comparison of what the driver is actually doing … Through the driver’s eye you can detect his or her level of attention,” Reuss said.

Reuss also said he has tested the most recent version of Super Cruise at Milford, but would not be drawn on a specific launch date.

“We’ll put it out there when it’s ready.”

Meaning GM is happy to delay the rollout again should new glitches come forward.

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