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GM studies driver attention in semi-autonomous cars

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General Motors researchers, such as Innovation Program Manager Jeremy Salinger, are studying driver behavior in semi-autonomous driving situations. He points out that in semi-autonomous cars, it’s necessary to remain focused on driving, and on the road.

However, when the driving process requires less of our active attention, it becomes boring to just observe how the semi-autonomous device is operating our car.

Self-driving features are moving from concept vehicles to the production line. The 2013 models of the Cadillac XTS and ATS sedans will include a Driver Assist Package, which includes features such as full-speed range adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

“Driver assist features such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking are paving the way to self-driving automobiles,” says Salinger. “Some things are coming out this year that are basically the precursors to allowing cars to drive themselves.” These technologies focus on safety features, warning systems and crash avoidance and are the stepping stones that will allow future cars to drive autonomously.

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Written by Teresa Escrig

June 27th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

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