Cadillac wants drivers to keep their hands off the wheel. In fact, they can take their foot off the pedal as well, because GM is planning to release a car by 2017 equipped with "Super Cruise" technology that will let it drive itself. While Google's driverless cars have gained plenty of media attention, the major automakers are not willing to cede the market without a fight. Last summer, Nissan announced it would release its own driverless car by 2020. GM did not specify which Cadillac model would get the upgrade. The company's CEO Mary Barra, speaking at the Intelligent Transport System World Congress in Detroit, said that the 2017 Cadillac model would be able to handle highways speeds of up to 70 m.p.h. and stop-and-go traffic. A year before that model is released, GM plans to unveil another Cadillac with vehicle-to-vehicle technology that would let it share traffic information and hazard warnings with other compatible vehicles.
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