General Motors Co. in Detroit has announced its hands-free driver assistance technology, Super Cruise, will double the number of roads in its network.
For new vehicles in the GM portfolio built on the VIP electrical architecture, the expansion will be available later this year and will be delivered at no additional charge starting in 2022 on Super Cruise-equipped models.
“GM is all in when it comes to accessible advanced driver assistance technology. We are adding Super Cruise to more vehicles than ever, and on more roads for more customers to experience,” says Mario Maiorana, chief engineer of Super Cruise at GM.
“We are pursuing what we believe to be the most comprehensive path to autonomy in the industry with responsible deployment of automated driving technology like Super Cruise at the core of what we do.”
Super Cruise currently works on mapped divided highways, or interstates. This expansion will allow Super Cruise to work on many additional state and federal routes such as, U.S. Route 66, CA Route 1, U.S. Route 1, and Trans-Canada Highway.
When Super Cruise is on, the vehicle’s precision LiDAR map data, real-time cameras, radars, and GPS keep the vehicle traveling along the lane path for a hands-free driving experience. These systems work together through “sensor fusion” to create a sensory field around the vehicle that assists in keeping it centered in the lane while elevating the driver’s comfort and convenience.
To maintain a certain distance from the vehicle ahead, Super Cruise accelerates and brakes when needed while steering to maintain lane position. When offered on select models, it can perform both driver and system-initiated lane changes to pass slower traffic and move from a lane that may be ending, while monitoring the driver’s head position and/or eyes in relation to the road to help ensure driver attention.