GM Updating Super Cruise to Add More Automated Features
Unlike Tesla, GM wants to keep the human driver in the loop
GM announced new updates to its Super Cruise active driver assistance system earlier today that the company says will automate even more tasks. Unlike rival Tesla, GM doesn’t couch the advances in terms of self-driving automation, and describes the new features as taking additional stress out of driving.
Starting in 2022, Super Cruise will be able to make automatic lane changes and operate while towing a trailer. Drivers will also be able to program the vehicle’s built-in navigation system to optimize routes for roads where Super Cruise is active. CR will test the updated system when it becomes available.
For example, Super Cruise can be used only on premapped, divided highways. (Today’s announced software update will maximize the use of these roads for navigation routes.) It uses direct driver monitoring to warn drivers if they appear to have stopped paying attention to the road, and the current version will even warn the driver in advance when there is an upcoming lane merge or complex situation that requires extra attention.
The Super Cruise updates announced today will be available on the 2022 Cadillac Escalade SUV, the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans, and the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Hummer EV, and GMC Sierra pickup trucks in the first quarter of 2022. The Cadillac XT6 SUV and Chevrolet Bolt EUV will still get Super Cruise, but they won’t have the updated software. By 2023, GM says that Super Cruise will be available on 22 vehicles.
Some existing 2021 model-year vehicles that are already equipped with Super Cruise will be able to receive the new capabilities via an over-the-air (OTA) update. GM has not yet said which vehicles will be eligible for the update.