GM reveals Ultra Cruise ‘hands-free’ system that covers ‘95 percent’ of driving scenarios

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After years of teases, General Motors is finally pulling the curtain back on its next-generation “hands-free” driver-assist technology.

Dubbed Ultra Cruise, the new system uses sensors like cameras, radars, and lidar to control the steering, acceleration, and braking on 2 million miles of paved roads and in “95 percent” of driving scenarios, the automaker says. Ultra Cruise will be available in a handful of premium model vehicles in 2023, though GM wouldn’t disclose which models will receive the new active driver-assist system.

The news was announced as part of GM’s two-day annual investor event, in which GM also announced news about its plan to double revenues by 2030 as it seeks to become a software company in addition to making cars….

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