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Future autonomous features

3880 Views 14 Replies 12 Participants Last post by  Winger
While in for the SW recall with my 2017 w/ACC, I noticed another driver with a gen1 Volt that had the mobileye camera installed. I wasn't aware that some gen1 cars had lane keeping so I asked him about it and he clarified it was lane departure warning only.

I'm fascinated by the prospects going forward... If some pre-2016 cars had lane departure warning and 2016+ have optional lane keeping (err, nudging) I'm wondering at what point the Volt (and probably Bolt) will have actual old style Tesla highway 'autopilot'? Perhaps even auto-lane switching although that might require side cameras.. not sure if the SBZ detectors would be sufficient.

No doubt at a minimum this would require a lot more processing (and software) and perhaps even a better camera (not sure of the specs on the existing cam). But it wouldn't be too hard to predict this coming to the Volt/Bolt in the near future.

I guess my real question would be: Does anyone think existing ACC cars would be offered a camera/processor upgrade to enable some of these features? Doesn't sound like GM style to offer such upgrades and I guess it might require some UI rewriting as well.. Just curious.
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GM is deploying an AP competitor, but it's not on a Chevy or even an EV...It's called supercruise and is on the MY18 Caddy CT6 ICE, not available on on the PHEV CT6...GM had been working on supercruise for a while but purchased cruise automation for $1B...Understand all these autonomous Volts/Bolts mules have huge & expensive equipment arrays mounted to the roof...I'd take a vegas bet that we'll never be able to purchase an automous Gen2 Volt or Gen1 Bolt for private ownership...Perhaps GM will sell a $100k-ish version for fleets only or perhaps Lyft ina few select locations...
GM execs have said they expect to provide at least limited feature updates to existing cars via the over-the-air software update capability in the Bolt EV. Of course, we will have to wait and see what actually happens.
In the Bolt EVs manul it states the OTA is for the infotainment; GM Execs said recently OTA will NEVER tie into safety equipment...The Gen2 Volt launched with OTA and without AA; when AA was available we could OTA it, right? Nope! Had to go to your friendly dealer...There's also a Gen2 Volt infotainment bug-fix update, again OTA right? Nope! Again, had to go to your friendly dealer!

The gained Bolt EV OTA "features" will probably be related to new EV/SOC data and some occasional CP/AA updates...
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