How does hands-free driving work?

I saw that GM is releasing the Ultra Cruise hands-free feature—does that mean their next model will be a self-driving car? How does hands-free driving work?

Brittni Brinn · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s exciting to see automotive technology reaching new heights, isn’t it? Hands-free driving uses lidar (laser sensors), cameras, and GPS maps to determine the best way to navigate.
Although the Ultra Cruise and other hands-free driving technology are able to handle acceleration, changing lanes, monitoring blind spots, and obeying traffic signs, it hasn’t yet reached the level of creating self-driving cars.
The Ultra Cruise is at Level 2 automation, which means that a human must be in the driver’s seat and will at times need to take control of the car. A light bar in the steering wheel and an audio cue will indicate when a driver needs to take over from the hands-free feature.
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