Super Cruise, GM’s semi-autonomous driving technology, was just named one of Popular Science’s 100 greatest innovations of 2022.
Calling GM’s Super Cruise an ideal balance between driver assistance and intervention, Popular Science praised the technology as the best hands-free system of 2022. The publication notes that the semi-autonomous driving system uses a network of laser-scanned roads, and provides operation on more than 400,000 miles of marked highways, including executing automated lane changes.
However, what Popular Science is most impressed by is when Super Cruise doesn’t operate. The semi-autonomous technology won’t engage if the driver looks away for too long (thanks to the Driver Attention System), a road is unmapped, the vehicle’s data connection goes dark, or if it determines any type of failure points. This helps to keep the vehicle’s pilot engaged in the driving experience.
Popular Science isn’t the only publication will high regards of GM’s Super Cruise. Recently, Consumer Reports gave the semi-autonomous driving technology high praise. In fact, of the five different driver assistance systems evaluated, Super Cruise was only one of two that met publication’s standards for effectiveness. Additionally, AAA commended the semi-automatous driving technology.
All of this praise comes at a good time for Super Cruise. GM announced in August that the technology was to double its availability to over 400,000 miles.
“GM is all in when it comes to accessible advanced driver assistance technology,” Super Cruise chief engineer, Mario Maiorana, was quoted as saying earlier this year. “We are adding Super Cruise to more vehicles than ever, and on more roads for more customers to experience.”
As a technical refresher, Super Cruise enables hands-free driving by assuming control of the vehicle’s steering, throttle, and brakes. To maintain awareness of its surroundings, the technology uses a LiDAR map data, exterior visual cameras, radar, and high-precision GPS.
Following Super Cruise will be GM’s Ultra Cruise, which promises the ultimate self-driving experience via a door-to-door hands-free ride. However, there is still some time before this technology gets rolled out.