Cruise, has announced the launch of its latest software release, ushering in a wave of ground-breaking enhancements to its driverless fleet. This significant update reaffirms Cruise’s commitment to advancing the future of transportation through innovation, safety, and improved user experiences.
The latest software rollout encompasses a spectrum of improvements designed to elevate various aspects of autonomous vehicle (AV) performance. Key highlights of the release include:
- Shipped trajectory generation improvements that increase assertiveness and improved braking behaviour during lane changes, making the AV safer by 8% during lane changes in certain situations.
- Improved AV behaviour around stationary EMVs with adjacent open lanes where the AV and other traffic are expected to pass.
- Stability improvements to minimize trip interruptions.
- Improved pick-up and drop-off behaviour around bike lanes
- Shipped TSEL v18.1 with major improvements in making left and right turns. The AV makes decisive turns, creeps and yields for cross-traffic better, and can select the optimal turn timing. This release also improves assertiveness and timeliness in overtaking double parked vehicles (DPVs), decreasing the likelihood of prolonged interruptions.
- Expanded AV ability to manoeuvre and park in tight space to improve overall navigation within their facilities
- Improved camera-based detection of ultra-near objects, such as small debris, reducing unnecessary trip interruptions.
- Shipped RadarRPN v2 (a Perception radar model), improving detection of long distance objects >150m away by +4%.
- Shipped DLA v6 (a Perception model), which improves detection of objects such as shopping carts, bikes without riders, and overhanging construction cranes by up to 24%.
- Improved perception of overhanging tree branches and other vegetation above the AV, reducing unnecessary trip interruptions.
- As part of shipping LPCv10, improved how the AV stops on steep roads, improving stationary safety and comfort while transitioning between stopped and moving.
- As part of shipping LPCv10, the AV now brakes more smoothly at red lights and for other obstacles.
- Expanded the situations where the car can resume after an interruption.
- Allows AVs to recover from tampering events.
With this software release, Cruise Motors continues to push the boundaries of autonomous driving technology, solidifying its position as a leader in the industry. The company’s relentless pursuit of innovation, safety, and improved passenger experiences sets the stage for a future where autonomous vehicles redefine the way we travel.