In addition to offering the semi-autonomous GM Super Cruise system on several production vehicles, General Motors is also developing new, more-advanced autonomous vehicle technology for release some time in the future. Now, it appears as though GM has been caught testing some of that new autonomous vehicle hardware on this prototype unit of the all-electric Cadillac Lyriq.
Spotted out and about on public roads in Ontario, Canada, this Cadillac Lyriq is equipped with what appears to be forward- and rearward-facing sensors on the roof.
The exact nature of what GM is testing with this Cadillac Lyriq is not known. However, this particular Lyriq prototype looks a great deal like the prototype unit we spotted late in 2021. Like the prototype from 2021, the one recently seen with the sensors on the roof also has a mismatched rear hatch, which is finished in red, as compared to the white body.
The prototype we spotted in 2021 was a pre-production model that was seen testing in Michigan. If the prototype seen in this new photo is indeed the same unit, it may have been repurposed with the intention of testing new autonomous vehicle tech.
Back in November, GM Authority spotted another GM vehicle testing autonomous technology, specifically an ICE-based Chevy Equinox crossover. However, the sensors on the Equinox prototype looked to be far more extensive than the sensors on the Cadillac Lyriq recently spotted in Ontario. One could speculate that the autonomous system tested by the Lyriq prototype in the recent photo is more advanced than the autonomous system tested by the Equinox prototype seen last November, but at this point, it’s hard to say.
The GM Super Cruise system is currently available on several different vehicles, including the Cadillac Lyriq, GMC Hummer EV, and 2024 Chevy Silverado, among others. GM was originally expected to offer a more-advanced version of the system called Ultra Cruise, but it was recently revealed that GM will instead merge the Ultra Cruise tech with Super Cruise.