General Motors confirmed at CES 2022 this week that it will deliver its first fully autonomous vehicle for personal use by mid-decade.
In a statement, the American automaker said engineers at both GM and its AV subsidiary Cruise are “pursuing a comprehensive path to autonomous mobility with the aim to deliver the first personal autonomous vehicle from General Motors as soon as mid-decade.”
While the automaker did not offer any specific details on this future personal AV, it seems likely such a vehicle would use the self-driving tech currently being developed by Cruise for its Cruise Origin robotaxi and would fall under the Cadillac luxury brand. Cadillac is at the forefront of AV adoption at GM, seeing as it will be the first GM brand to adopt the company’s upcoming Ultra Cruise system, which will enable hands-free driving in 95 percent of all driving scenarios. Ultra Cruise will be offered on the full-size Cadillac Celestiq sedan for the 2025 model year.
GM also debuted the sleek new Cadillac InnerSpace Concept this week – a fully autonomous luxury car that is clearly aimed at consumers rather than fleets. The InnerSpace Concept features seating for two in a theater-style seating layout positioned around a large panoramic SMD LED display. The InnerSpace joins two Cadillac autonomous concepts unveiled previously at CES 2021, including a single-seater flying luxury concept, as well as a luxury robotaxi EV with space for six passengers called the SocialSpace (below).
With this information in mind, it seems likely GM’s first fully autonomous vehicle for personal use will be from the Cadillac brand. Such a vehicle would likely be quite expensive, considering the cutting edge nature of Cruise’s self-driving tech, so it makes the most sense to market it under a luxury brand while the tech is still so new.
Recent GM Authority spy photos of a Cadillac Escalade fitted with LiDAR and radar sensors serve as further evidence the first personal AV from GM will be a Cadillac. Those photos showed two different previous-gen Escalade prototypes fitted with different sensor arrays, which were likely being used by GM engineers to further develop its AV hardware and software.
We’ll provide more information on this future GM mystery AV as its 2025 arrival approaches.