General Motors has announced it will expand the availability of its Super Cruise semi-autonomous system to 22 vehicles by 2023.
GM president Mark Reuss announced the major Super Cruise expansion during its investor day conference, saying “we are rolling this out in a very big way.” Reuss did not disclose which vehicles would offer the technology, though he did say pickup trucks and SUVs would be included.
The SAE Level 2 autonomous system debuted on the Cadillac CT6, which has now ended production at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant. GM recently expanded the availability to the 2020 Cadillac CT4 and 2020 Cadillac CT5 and it will also be offered on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. The automaker said previously the entire Cadillac lineup would receive the technology, with the XT4, XT5 and XT6 crossovers also set to receive it before 2023.
The automaker said Super Cruise will first appear on a product from a brand other than Cadillac by 2021. While it’s not clear what vehicles it will choose to expand to first, although we’re expecting it to remain optional on more premium products, like well-equipped variants of the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado.
Super Cruise comprises a front module camera, a long-range radar, short-range radars behind the front grille and rear bumpers and an array of 360-degree cameras. A driver attention camera is also mounted in the cabin behind the steering wheel, observing the driver to ensure they are paying attention to the road ahead. A light bar on the steering wheel gives a visual reference for when the system is going disengage.
GM recently updated Super Cruise to include an automated lane change functionality, allowing the vehicle to switch lanes with Super Cruise engaged by engaging the indicator stalk. In June of last year, the automaker added 70,000 miles of roadway to the semi-autonomous system’s memory, making it available to use on more than 200,000 miles of divided highway in the United States and Canada.