General Motors has introduced two new Cadillac CT6 models in China that will come standard with the automaker’s hands-free Super Cruise system – marking the first time the technology has been offered outside of the United States and Canada.
The automaker says the two versions of the Cadillac CT6 in China with Super Cruise will start at RMB 469,700 ($67,082 USD) and RMB 489,700 ($69,939). Both models are available from Cadillac’s 300-plus dealers across China now.
GM says Super Cruise can be used on nearly 300,000 kilometers (186,411 miles) of “expressways and urban highways across China,” from launch. The automaker will slowly add more roadways to the system’s map data memory bank via over-the-air-updates, as well – important given the rapidly expanding road infrastructure across China. It is also partnering with Chinese company AutoNavi, described as a “local leader in HD mapping technology,” to ensure its Super Cruise mapping data is as accurate and precise as possible.
Super Cruise is essentially a hands-free advanced cruise control system. When engaged, Super Cruise will use sensor, camera and GPS map data to read the road ahead, accelerate and slow down with the flow of traffic and follow a set route. The user can also initiate autonomous lane change maneuvers by engaging the indicator stalk while the system is on. An onboard driver attention monitor system tracks the user’s eye movements and will provide visual and audible warnings if it senses they are not paying attention to the road ahead. If their attention wavers long enough, the system will disengage entirely.
Super Cruise was first launched in the U.S. in Canada in 2017 and customers have since covered a whopping 10.3 million kilometers with the system on. GM surveyed American CT6 owners on their opinion of the technology, with 85% saying they would prefer or only consider a vehicle equipped with Super Cruise in the future.