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Self-driving Cadillac: Coming to a road near you

Self-driving Cadillac: Coming to a road near you
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Once reserved for science fiction and our imaginations, Cadillac plans to launch a vehicle in 2016 that will basically drive itself on the highway. Aside from making the roads safer for all travelers, Cadillac hopes the innovation will, " ... show that Cadillac is on the leading edge of technology and transportation capabilities," according to General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

And while we haven't quite reached wind tunnel transportation tubes, or at least, fully automated cars in which we can sit in the backseat reading the New York Times and sipping brandy like Dudley Moore's Arthur, Cadillac's Super Cruise technology will certainly take us another giant step toward arriving in such a future.

Just to be clear, "basically driving itself" means the vehicle operator can sit back in the driver's seat (for now, only while on the freeway), without having to control the steering wheel. Though the vehicle will come equipped with other "wow" features like parking assist and automatic braking.

So, then, which Cadillac model is most likely to be blessed the gift of Super Cruise at first? Apparently, it is going to a completely new model. Barra pointed out it will be available on a vehicle "in a segment where we do not compete today." (Possible on the Elmiraj concept that Cadillac first unveiled in 2013.)

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