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GM has announced that its next-generation hands-free driver assist system, Ultra Cruise, will be powered by a scalable compute architecture featuring system-on-chips developed by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. GM will be the first company to use the Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon Ride Platform for advanced driver assistance technology (ADAS).

In combination with GM’s homegrown Ultra Cruise software stack, the technology will help Ultra Cruise achieve robust door-to-door hands-free driving in 95 percent of all driving scenarios.

The Ultra Cruise compute will help power GM-developed ADAS software and features, including perception, planning, localisation and mapping.

These capabilities were developed in-house at GM engineering facilities in Israel, the US, Ireland and Canada. 

Ultra Cruise will be available in 2023 on vehicles including the ultra-luxury, fully-electric Cadillac CELESTIQ.

Ken Morris, GM vice president of Electric, Autonomous and Fuel Cell Vehicle Programs, says: “Despite its relatively small size, Ultra Cruise’s compute will have the processing capability of several hundred personal computers. It will take qualities that have distinguished GM’s advanced driver assist systems since 2017 to the next level with door-to-door hands-free driving.”

“We are very proud of our collaboration with General Motors on one of the industry’s first uses of our Snapdragon SoCs in an automated driving system,” adds Nakul Duggal, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. senior vice president and GM, Automotive. “Ultra Cruise powered by Snapdragon Ride on Cadillac vehicles will be an experiential and technological leap forward for the industry.”

Ultra Cruise Will Ultimately Enable Door To Door Hands Free Driv

Unveiled in October, 2021, Ultra Cruise will cover more than 2 million miles of roads at launch in the US and Canada, with the capacity to grow up to more than 3.4 million miles. 

GM says Ultra Cruise’s compute will also have the capability to evolve over time by leveraging Snapdragon Ride’s SoCs performance and high-speed interfaces for future expansion, as well as over-the-air software updates.

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