At the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, Cadillac revealed a revolutionary electric concept vehicle: the fully autonomous Cadillac InnerSpace. While the InnerSpace hasn’t actually been built yet and instead exists as a set of digital renderings, its existence demonstrates that the luxury marque is serious about developing self-driving vehicles. In fact, Cadillac’s parent company, General Motors, recently stated that it intends to release its first autonomous vehicle before 2030, and it’s highly likely that it will wear a Cadillac badge.
GM and its autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Cruise (previously known as Cruise Automation), are “pursuing a comprehensive path to autonomous mobility with the aim to deliver the first personal autonomous vehicle from General Motors as soon as mid-decade.”
There aren’t any specifics about the upcoming autonomous vehicle quite yet, but it’s safe to assume that it will utilize self-driving technology developed by GM for its Cruise Origin robotaxi, while being a Cadillac model. Cadillac is already at the forefront of GM’s autonomous vehicle efforts , with the luxury marque being the first to offer Super Cruise highway hands-free driving assistant. Meanwhile, the upcoming Celestiq electric flagship sedan will be one of the first vehicles to feature Ultra Cruise, a more advanced version of Super Cruise capable of hands-free driving in 95 percent of scenarios on the road.
Recently, we spied a fourth-generation Escalade equipped with a Leica Pegasus: Two rig, indicating that the full-size SUV was being used as a guinea pig for Ultra Cruise hands-free driving tech. Fifth-generation Escalades already feature Super Cruise.
The InnerSpace certainly isn’t the first fully autonomous vehicle concept cooked up by Cadillac, either. Cadillac also revealed the six-seater Cadillac SocialSpace (then known as the Personal Autonomous vehicle, or PAV) at CES 2021, along with the self-governing PersonalSpace (also known as VTOL) flying machine. Another autonomous Cadillac concept is also on the horizon in the form of the upcoming Cadillac OpenSpace. With all that in mind, it certainly seems that Cadillac is being eased into becoming the flagship marque for GM’s autonomous vehicle initiative.
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Not sure I’m comfortable with this. I mean, the world is a dangerous place what with car jackings and potholes. What if my car gets mixed up with some bad GPS and ends up stranded somewhere with four flats? Or it gets hooked on gasoline? I just don’t think a new car has the experience or wisdom to navigate the world on it’s own without getting into serious trouble.
OK enough is enough of this technology. Sure have a car drive itself. What could go wrong??? On top of all this. With battery operated cars and cars driving themselves one shudders to think what repair bills will be. I will be on the lookout for a decent ’78 or ’79 Coupe DeVille and enjoy remembering when a Cadillac was a Cadillac. Plus keep repair bills at a minimum.
In the future, a tech-savvy crook might car-jack an autonomous vehicle without ever entering the vehicle. “Police reported another carhacking today on Silver Street. That makes five in the city so far this year. Back to you, Jim.”
Can’t wait what the future will hold for Cadillac a decade from now.
I don’t know why the rush to get autonomous vehicles . There’s so many variables to deal with . I agree with the above comments. I hope they’re testing on snow and rock salt covered roads. Conquering that will be quite an accomplishment.
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Gosh, how about bringing back a full-size sedan for us that don’t want a CUV/SUV/mall crawler pickup or something that they tell us is a “luxury car” that won’t hold four adults or even 2 adults and a child?
The ICE and EV argument is getting old also. Better fix our infrastructure and electrical grids before we all plug in at night or attempt to actually travel someplace further than 300 miles in a day.
Sure wish they would think of someplace other than China…let’s see how that works when they team up with Russia.