Super Cruise’s self-drive mode primarily relies on LiDAR sensors (The Tesla S, X, and 3 models produced since October have none), cameras, and radar sensors. For mapping, Super Cruise reportedly relies on data from GeoDigital, in which GM is an investor, which offers over 160,000 miles of highway data in the US and Canada.
It makes perfect sense that a liability averse company like GM will play it safe (this is a safety feature, not a novelty), besides Super Cruise was almost ready for release years ago before it would have been considered a self-driving feature.
Part of being Intel is doing great PR, like the “news” they would eventually open Fab42 in Arizona. Within two weeks of the big press announcement to spend $7B Intel told suppliers the project was “on hold”. We’ll see how the $15B spend with Mobileye is really used, eventually.
Once an automaker sells 200,000 electric cars in the U.S., the credit phases out. Tesla has already sold more than 126,000 vehicles since 2008, according to estimates by WardsAuto, so not everyone who buys a Model 3 will be eligible.
Exactly why you should never sell, or buy a product based on government incentives. None of the major automakers are troubled by this subsidy cap since very few actually want an EV. Tesla changes this.
“We’re excited to partner with Baidu to take a giant step in helping automotive manufacturers and suppliers fully realize the promise of autonomous driving,” said Kevin Dallas, corporate vice president, Microsoft.
The personal spacecraft never caught either, something about the cost. Meanwhile we have the transistor, invented to support the space program. And probably the internet were it not for Mr. Gore getting there first. 😉