Cadillac is adding more highway miles to range of its Super Cruise feature, which allows for hands-free driving on limited access roadways.
Super Cruise will now be availability for travel to an additional 70,000 miles of compatible, divided highways in the United States and Canada. This expansion will make the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature available on more than 200,000 total miles of compatible highways by the fourth quarter of 2019, according to official from General Motors.
“We are constantly working to make Super Cruise the most beneficial system for our customers,” said Mario Maiorana, Super Cruise chief engineer. “Expanding our offering of compatible highways will allow people the ease and convenience of traveling hands-free more often.”
So far, Cadillac customers have traveled an estimated 2.5 million miles using Super Cruise since its launch. Super Cruise is currently available on the 2018 and 2019 model year Cadillac CT6 and will be available on the 2020 model year CT6 later this year. Super Cruise will be available on Cadillac’s all-new CT5 sedan next year.
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Prior to this expansion, Super Cruise has been available on just about 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways.
Super Cruise competes with systems from other automakers, such as Nissan’s ProPilot Assist and Tesla’s Autopilot. Consumer Reports tested a variety of systems last fall, and the Super Cruise came out on top with Autopilot coming in second.
Maiorana said the expansion builds on Super Cruise’s unique combination of precision LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, a state-of-the-art Driver Attention System and a network of camera and radar sensors.
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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, Super Cruise will alert drivers to take back control of the vehicle. As always, it remains important for drivers to stay engaged and vigilant at all times while Super Cruise is engaged.
The enhancement to the Super Cruise system will be available for 2018 and 2019 model year Cadillac CT6 owners through their Cadillac dealer. Following the completion of the system enhancement, the new, additional map miles will be sent to customer vehicles over the air throughout the summer and fall, GM said.
In addition to the mileage expansion, the software update will also include performance improvements, enhancements to increase Super Cruise availability and enhancements to the Driver Attention System.
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GM’s new electrical architecture is designed to allow for simpler updates of the Super Cruise system. Cadillac will produce the first vehicle using the new architecture, which can be upgraded with over-the-air updates.