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Spied: GM's self-driving Cadillac SRX

by Drew Johnson

GM is working on its own autonomous vehicle tech.

Jumping onto the latest automotive bandwagon, General Motors has begun development of its own autonomous vehicle technology. GM's jump to autonomous tech follows similar moves by Google, Toyota and Nissan.

Seen here testing in Michigan - which recently began issuing autonomous vehicles licenses - GM is currently trying out its self-driving technology on a Cadillac SRX crossover. This particular prototype is outfitted with a number of different sensors and cameras, including LiDar.

As you can see from our spy shots, the equipment needed for true autonomous driving isn't exactly production-feasible, but that time is coming. GM and other manufacturers have targeted a 2020 on-sale date for autonomous vehicles, by which time the technology needed will be much smaller and better integrated into design.

Although we aren't expecting a self-driving SRX anytime soon, GM's Cadillac brand seems like the most logical jumping off point for the technology. Likely to expensive in its first generation, GM will be able to better hide the extra cost of autonomous technology in Cadillac's higher prices.

However, look for self-driving vehicles to move into the mainstream sometime next decade.

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