Detroit-based General Motors’ Cadillac is expanding the availability of Super Cruise to an additional 70,000 miles of compatible, divided highways in the U.S. and Canada. The expansion will make the industry’s first hands-free driver assistance feature available on more than 200,000 total miles by the fourth quarter of this year.
Super Cruise has been available on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways. The expansion builds on the system’s LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, driver attention system, and a network of camera and radar sensors.
Some of the divided highways added will include limited intersections and traffic control devices. In the cases of railroad crossings, pedestrian crossings, stoplights, or stop signs, the system will alert drivers to take control of their vehicles. Drivers still must stay engaged while using Super Cruise.
An enhancement to the system will be available to 2018 and 2019 model year Cadillac CT6 owners through their Cadillac dealers. After completion of the system enhancement, the additional miles will be sent to customer vehicles over the air throughout the summer and fall.
The software update will also include performance improvements, enhancements to increase Super Cruise availability, and enhancements to the driver attention system.
“We are constantly working to make Super Cruise the most beneficial system for our customers,” says Mario Maiorana, chief engineer of Super Cruise. “Expanding our offering of compatible highways will allow people the ease and convenience of traveling hands-free more often.”
Cadillac made updates to its Super Cruise driver assistance feature based on customer feedback, including making Super Cruise activation easier for the driver and adding dynamic lane offset so a CT6 with Super Cruise activated can move slightly over in its lane to increase driver comfort when passing large vehicles. Gauge cluster messages were also added to inform drivers why Super Cruise may not be available in certain instances.
Customers have traveled 2.5 million miles using Super Cruise since its launch. It is available on the 2018 and 2019 model year Cadillac CT6 and will be available on the 2020 model year CT6 later this year. The system will also be available on Cadillac’s all-new CT5 sedan next year.