After years of hints and announcements, General Motors has finally unveiled its next-generation computerized driver assistance system. The company said that its autopilot can handle 95% of road situations without driver input. It is the Ultra Cruise autopilot, and it is not yet known which General Motors cars will get this system. The company has only mentioned that it will be luxury cars that will hit the market in 2023.
The Ultra Cruise self-driving car was unveiled during a two-day investor meeting at which the US automaker announced plans to double the number of electric car models by 2030. At the same time, General Motors will begin offering specialized software for autonomous driving.
Compared to the previous generation of the Super Cruise assistant, the new Ultra Cruise has a number of new features. To date, it can autonomously drive vehicles without driver input on more than 3.2 million miles of road. Apparently, all the details of these routes are entered into the autopilot's memory.
In the future, this figure should grow to 5.5 million kilometers, with the Ultra Cruise memory including roads in almost all countries of the world. In comparison, when the Super Cruise system was introduced in 2017, it was able to cover 322,000 kilometers on North American roads alone.