GM will soon allow drivers to use Super Cruise on more than 400,000 miles of road in the US and Canada, doubling down on access to its hands-free driver assistance system as it strives to keep up with its competitors.
Drivers of vehicles equipped with Super Cruise today system can only be used approximately 200,000 miles of divided interstate highways. Notably, this new extension will ease those restrictions and give drivers access to Super Cruise on undivided highways such as the Pacific Coast Highway, Trans-Canada Highway, and US Route 66.
Super Cruise uses a combination of lidar mapping data, high-precision GPS, cameras and radar sensors, and a driver attention monitoring system that monitors the person behind the wheel to make sure they are paying attention. When the system is activated, it accelerates or brakes to maintain a selected distance from the vehicle in front, turns to maintain its position in the lane, and on some models, automatic lane change to pass slower traffic.
Unlike Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system, Super Cruise users don’t have to keep their hands on the wheel. However, their gaze should remain directed straight ahead.
The automaker said Wednesday that an over-the-air software update later this year will expand the network for new vehicles built on the new Vehicle Analysis Platform (VIP) electrical architecture. For these models, the update is free. VIP architecture vehicles with Super Cruise available currently include the Cadillac Escalade, CT4 and CT5, GMC Hummer EV and Sierra, and the Chevrolet Silverado. Super Cruise will soon be available for the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ, GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban.
GM is slower than rival Tesla to make advanced driver assistance available. Tesla’s ADAS, branded as Autopilot, is standard on four models and works on most roads. GM has limited access to not only where it can be used, but which vehicles.
When GM launched the Super Cruise, it was only available in one Cadillac model, the CT6 full-size sedan, and was limited to divided highways. GM at the end added Super Cruise other Cadillac models including the CT4, CT5 and Escalade as well as other brands such as Chevrolet and GMC.
GM is also working on a new, more capable hands-free driving assistance system. called Ultra Cruise that it is scheduled to be released in 2023 and will be able to handle 95% of all driving scenarios and will eventually be used on all paved roads in the US and Canada.
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