The Cadillac CT6 was the first – and only – General Motors vehicle to feature the automaker’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving technology. That’s soon set to change, with new vehicles like the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5 also receiving Super Cruise. That will be great news for current Cadillac CT6 owners, the vast majority of which say they want their next vehicle to feature the highway driving assist system.
During a presentation at General Motors’ Capital Markets Day event in February, company president Mark Reuss said 85 percent of Cadillac CT6 owners indicated they would prefer or only consider a vehicle equipped with Super Cruise in the future.
Reuss also revealed just how frequently Cadillac CT6 owners were using Super Cruise. According to him, GM has validated almost 5.2 million miles of incident-free customer use with Super Cruise as of November of 2019, with customers logging as many as 77,000 miles with the system per week. Additionally, customers that own a Super Cruise-equipped vehicle engage the system about 50 percent of the time when it is available to do so.
“We’re making Cadillac the tip of the corporate spear of innovation and technology at GM,” Reuss explained, going on to label Super Cruise as “the most sophisticated integration of component systems of its type on the road today.”
While Cadillac serves as the technological spearhead for GM, Super Cruise won’t remain exclusive to the luxury brand for much longer. The technology will soon trickle to other GM products, including the next-generation Chevrolet Bolt EUV and GM’s line of full-size trucks.
“And next year, we’ll add Super Cruise to other brands and seven more models,” Reuss said, “and we’ll add 12 more in the following two years, including [GM] full-size pickups, SUVs and more. We are rolling this out in a very big way.”
Super Cruise is described by GM as the world’s first true hands-free driving system. The technology essentially acts as an advanced adaptive cruise control system, combining precision Lidar mapping, cameras, radar sensors and GPS data to steer the vehicle as it travels down the highway. A facial monitoring system in the cockpit observes the driver’s eyes to ensure they are paying attention to the road, acting as a safety net when their hands are not on the wheel. The system can also execute lane change maneuvers if the driver toggles the indicator switch while the system is turned on.
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