We’re not quite at the point where mass-produced cars can handle every single driving situation with self-driving technology, but Cadillac’s Super Cruise is the only system that provides a true hands-free driving experience.
Wired dove into the Super Cruise system, equipped with the 2018 Cadillac CT6. Although the technology onboard is astounding, it’s the mapping that truly gives the system legs.
Cadillac and General Motors hired Ushr to drive every single mile of the United States’ and Canada’s interstate system to map ever straightaway, corner, turn, tollbooth and more. With the mapping, Super Cruise knows exactly where it’s at, and it knows when it can’t complete a certain stretch of driving.
It’s how the system knows to disengage as it approaches an area long before it causes issues for the driver. This gives the driver plenty of time to retake control of the car after a quick seat buzz and warning light.
Cadillac also keeps tabs on road construction. If a certain interstate is undergoing construction, Cadillac updates the system to let Super Cruise know it can’t function as intended in the area. When the construction wraps up, an over-the-air update tells Super Cruise to function again.
And we know Super Cruise is only the beginning. We’ll most certainly see the system as optional with the 2019 Cadillac XT4, which will debut next month, but Cadillac will once again be GM’s technology darling. Any future technology will debut with the luxury division first, and trickle down to other GM brands with time.