Cadillac’s delaying its first whack at a self-driving car

-WIRED, 14 JANUARY 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

Cadillac’s first whack at autonomous driving technology will arrive later than planned, the company said this week.

In September 2014, GM CEO Mary Barra said Super Cruise, which would let your Cadillac do the driving on the highway, would appear in the fall of 2016. (GM later specified the feature will debut on the forthcoming CT6.) That timeline,Automotive News reports, has slipped to some time in 2017, and Cadillac confirmed the feature won’t be in the CT6 when it goes on sale later this year.

Super Cruise doesn’t do much. It maintains a safe speed and keeps you in your lane. There’s no complicated decision-making, like whether to change lanes to pass that lumbering semi. Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen calls it “just another layer that provides a degree of semi-autonomous vehicle capability.” It’s a small step up from what we have now. Cars on the market can tweak the steering to stick to their lane, and many have adaptive cruise control to stay a safe distance from other cars. Super Cruise effectively combines these features. <Read More>