General Motors has announced that Ultra Cruise1, the company’s next-generation advanced driver assistance system to ultimately enable hands-free driving in 95 per cent of all driving scenarios, will have a 360-degree view of the vehicle through a unique sensor suite when it launches on the Cadillac Celestiq 3.
The whole-trip hands-off system will use a blend of cameras; short- and long-range radars, and lidar behind the windshield.
Over time, GM expects customers will be able to travel truly hands-free with Ultra Cruise across nearly every paved public road in the U.S. and Canada—including city streets; subdivision streets, and rural roads, as well as highways. Vehicles equipped with Ultra Cruise hardware will get incremental enhancements through over-the-air software updates. Ultra Cruise’s sensor suite comprises:
- The physical hardware, powered by a scalable compute architecture from Qualcomm;
- Seven long-range 8-megapixel cameras on the front; corners; back, and sides of the vehicle, providing expanded fields of view;
- Four short-range corner radars to help sense a radius of up to 90 meters, like pedestrians crossing the street or vehicles in surrounding lanes;
- Three long-range 4D radars on the front and back of the vehicle for adaptive cruise control as well as lane change maneuvers at highway speeds, and
- A lidar behind the windshield to produce an accurate three-dimensional view of the scene, enabling more precise detection of objects and road features such as vehicles and lane markings.
During Cepton’s quarterly earnings report and call, they confirmed they will be supplying lidar sensors to GM.