GM rolls out three major upgrades, including automatic lane change and towing support for its Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance system, and makes it available in six vehicles, including the all-new GMC Hummer pickup truck EV 2022.
While GM has been steadily improving Super Cruise since its introduction in 2017, for years it has confined itself to its luxury brand Cadillac. The upgrades and additional vehicles mark the automaker’s willingness – and perhaps the willingness – to sell the technology to owners of its Chevrolet and GMC-branded pickup trucks.
When GM launched Super Cruise, it was only available in one Cadillac model – the full-size CT6 sedan – and limited to split highways. That started to change in 2019 when GM announced plans to expand where Super Cruise would be available. Now the system can be activated on over 200,000 miles of roads in the United States.
And GM plans to grow even more. By 2023, GM aims to bring Super Cruise to 22 vehicles, including the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq electric vehicles and GMC Hummer SUVs.
The company said Friday it was adding automatic lane changes that work without a driver’s prompt at Super Cruise. This enhanced Super Cruise feature will be available in the 2022 Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac CT4, Cadillac CT5, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Hummer EV Pickup and GMC Sierra. GM has also developed and will launch a new feature that will allow drivers to activate the hands-free assistance system while towing their boat or motorhome. This towing feature will only be available on model year 2022 vehicles with towing capability. Finally, GM has improved its in-car navigation to show drivers the highways where Super Cruise can be used.
Super Cruise uses a combination of lidar map data, high-precision GPS, cameras and radar sensors, along with a Driver Attention System, which monitors the person behind the wheel to make sure they are paying attention. . Unlike Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system, Super Cruise users don’t need to have their hands on the wheel. However, their eyes should remain directed straight ahead.
Super Cruise’s automatic lane change feature will always keep the driver’s eyes on the road. When the system is engaged, the driver no longer need to commit the flashing light to indicate a desire to change lanes. Instead, the system, if activated, will perform the lane change on its own after alerting the driver. The system will move the vehicle to another lane to pass a slower vehicle.
The automatic lane change requested by the driver will be the default value when the vehicle is towing a boat, motorhome or trailer.
All of these upgrades are possible thanks to GM’s new digital vehicle platform called VIP, or Intelligent Vehicle Platform, which provides more electrical bandwidth and data processing power, has allowed engineers to ‘add to the capabilities of Super Cruise. Vehicles equipped with this VIP electric architecture can add Super Cruise functionality via live software updates. This means that some 2021 models, especially the Cadillac Escalade, will benefit from these new upgrades.
There are a few vehicles namely the Chevrolet Bolt EUV 2022 which has a different version of Super Cruise because it is not equipped with the VIP. As a result, the Bolt EUV will not get these upgrades.