Last year, Cadillac did its best to drum up excitement despite the lack of new vehicles. However, it did launch the industry’s first hands-free driving experience with Super Cruise, and it found great praise up north.
The Automotive Journalist Association of Canada named the semi self-driving system its “Best Technical Innovation” for 2018. A panel of nine judges, all of which are technology specialists, dubbed the system worthy of the award due to its simplicity and true hands-free experience.
Super Cruise will handle all functions behind the wheel on interstates in the U.S. and Canada. Unlike other systems, which require the driver to grip the steering wheel from time to time, Super Cruise monitors drivers via a camera to watch eye movement. If it detects the driver isn’t paying attention to the road ahead after too long, it will alert the driver. Drivers must be ready to retake control of the car as well. If the driver is unresponsive, the system will pull the car over and initiate the hazards while dialing OnStar.
Currently, the 2018 Cadillac CT6 is the only vehicle that offers Super Cruise, but it’s likely the technology will arrive with the 2019 XT4, the brand’s first new vehicle in years—and an important entrant for the compact-luxury crossover space.