If buyers are looking for a true hands-free driving experience, Cadillac is the only one in the market. Super Cruise, General Motors’ semi self-driving system, doesn’t require drivers to constantly check in with their hands when the system is engaged.
To talk more about the technology and discuss how it works, Cadillac Super Cruise chief engineer Jason Ditman joined Autoline After Hours. And he goes over much of what we know about the system currently, too.
When enabling Super Cruise, the system will only engage on a divided highway. So, most U.S. and Canadian freeways. Driving a Cadillac equipped with Super Cruise in the city is a no-no. Once active, the driver can take his or her hands off of the steering wheel and feet off of the pedals. A camera system then monitors eye and head movement.
If the system detects the driver hasn’t been paying attention to the road, the system will display warning messages and audible alerts to bring the driver’s attention back to the road. In the event a driver does not respond after multiple alerts, Super Cruise will pull the vehicle over and dial OnStar for assistance.
Super Cruise is only available on the 2018 Cadillac CT6 currently, but Cadillac has plans to bring it to every vehicle in its lineup beginning in 2020. Then, Super Cruise will head to other GM brands in the U.S.