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MILFORD, MICHIGAN---Sometime before the end
of this decade, General Motors will put a car on
the road that can almost drive itself.
The automaker says the system, called "Super
Cruise," uses radar and cameras to steer the car and
keep it between lane lines. Also, the radar keeps the
car a safe distance from cars ahead of it, and it will
brake to a complete stop if necessary.
GM and other automakers such as Mercedes, BMW
and Lexus already offer radar-guided cruise control
systems that keep their cars a safe distance from
other vehicles and even stop before a crash. They
also have systems that warn the driver if they re
drifting out of their lane. But until recently, engineers
haven t been able to steer with computers, according
"The steering control is the big additional piece,"
said John Capp, GM s director of electrical controls
and active safety technology.
On Wednesday, engineers showed off the system
for reporters at the company s testing grounds in
Milford, Michigan, north of Detroit. The system adds
control of electric power steering to off-the-shelf
technology that s now available. Although they still
have bugs to work out, a Cadillac SRX SUV equipped
with the technology worked very well.
Capp says a lot of development work still needs
to be done about road conditions, reaction of sensors,
visibility of lane lines and how the system will interact
with the driver, who still would be in control and
can easily override the computer system. He says it s
possible GM could sell the system well before the
end of the decade. It would debut in Cadillacs, GM s
luxury brand, but likely would spread to the rest of
the company s lineup.
With the system, people will be able to take their
hands off the wheel on a freeway and let the car do
the work, he said.
GM is aware that the system could make drivers
complacent, turning over control to the car even
though the system isn t designed for that, said Charles
Green, an engineer who studies driver performance
with the systems.
So before it gets to market, GM will have a feature
that makes sure drivers are paying attention, he said.
"Super Cruise will be designed in a way to help
you keep your visual attention on the road ahead,"
Green said, declining to say just how the system will
do that. "The how is something that will become
more apparent as we show Super Cruise in its later
cars coming by 2020
Engineers say there are many obsta-
cles to cars that completely drive them-
selves, including how they react to cars
and trucks that don t have the tech-
nology. For those reasons, Capp says
completely driverless cars are 20 to 30
The announcements come as
automakers race to sell self-driving cars
and the latest safety devices so they re
seen as technology leaders.
GM s demonstration happened the
same day as Honda said it was working
on short-range communications tech-
nology that would let a car detect a
pedestrian with a smartphone. The
system could prevent car crashes by
warning both the driver and the pedes-
trian. Honda also says it s working on
a system that warns car and truck driv-
ers about motorcycles, even if the driv-
er s view of the motorcycle is obstructed
by other vehicles. Both are still in the
On Tuesday, Nissan said it wants to
make cars that drive themselves by
2020. The company is working on the
system with several universities and
has a proving ground for autonomous
cars near its headquarters in Japan.
GAN---Toyota has two
coming in 2015: the
hybrid and the compa-
ny s first hydrogen fuel
Satoshi Ogiso, a top
Toyota engineer who
helped develop the orig-
inal Prius 20 years ago,
said yesterday that the
new Prius will get sig-
nificantly better fuel
economy than its current
50 miles per gallon (4.7
liters per 100 kilometres).
It will have an
advanced battery, motor
and gas engine combi-
nation that is smaller,
lighter and cheaper than
the current version.
Ogiso wouldn t reveal
the fuel economy, but
he s hoping to at least
match the 10-per cent
gains Toyota has gotten
in the last three gener-
ations of Priuses.
A 10 per cent gain
would get the Prius to 55
mpg (4.2 liters per 100
kms) in combined city
and highway driving.
"The challenge to
continue to improve at
this rate, to beat your
own record, becomes
very difficult but makes
it all the more motivat-
ing," Ogiso told media at
an event near Detroit.
"I can tell you that we
are very motivated to
beat our record."
The new Prius will
ride on a new, lower
chassis to improve its
handling and aerody-
It will also have a
nicer interior. Ogiso
wouldn t say how much
it might cost, but a less
expensive hybrid system
could help bring down
the Prius s US$24,000
Toyota hopes the
revamped Prius will help
it reach its goal of selling
5 million hybrids in the
US by 2016.
As of July, the com-
pany had sold more than
2 million Toyota and
Lexus hybrids, including
1.4 million Prius compact
cars, Prius C subcom-
pacts and Prius V wag-
ons. Bob Carter, Toyota s
senior vice president of
automotive operations in
the US, said its hybrids
have come a long way
since the Prius debuted
in the US in 2000.
Just over 5,500 Prius
hybrids were sold that
year; last year, the com-
pany sold 236,000 Prius
"Arguably, Prius is
more than a car. It s
become a pop culture
icon," Carter said.
Carter added that even
as the company intro-
duces other technologies,
including hydrogen fuel
cell and electric cars,
hybrids will remain at
the core of the compa-
ny s offerings for at least
another 50 years. (AP)
Toyota says new Prius,
fuel cell car due in 2015
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