Super Cruise on the Cadillac CT6 takes cruise control to the next level, allowing for hours of hands-free driving on the freeway.
The automotive industry is speeding toward the introduction of vehicles that are more intelligent and connected, and the 2018 Cadillac CT6 is leading the way with Super Cruise, the world’s first true hands-free driving system for the freeway. Super Cruise is available on over 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways across the United States.
When a vehicle enters one of these freeways and meets other conditions (see sidebar), the driver may activate Super Cruise and remove their hands from the steering wheel. A green light bar on the top of the wheel indicates that Super Cruise is steering. Proprietary head tracking software helps ensure that drivers’ eyes remain on the road when Super Cruise is in control. If the system detects that the driver is not paying sufficient attention, the green bar will begin flashing. If the driver does not redirect his or her eyes to the road, Super Cruise will alert the driver to take control with additional vibrations and alerts. Continued failure to take control of the vehicle will disengage Adaptive Cruise Control and Super Cruise; lock out Super Cruise until the next ignition cycle; and gradually cause the vehicle to slow to a stop, turn on the brake lights and hazard warning flashers, and contact an OnStar Advisor.
Provided drivers remain attentive, Super Cruise acts like an enhanced version of Adaptive Cruise Control, allowing the driver to travel for hours without touching the wheel or pedals and making long drives and commutes more comfortable and convenient. It doesn’t just pay attention to drivers; Super Cruise is also highly attuned to freeway conditions, including toll plazas and lane splits. Cadillac partnered with mapping company Ushr to chart 130,000 miles of freeways. This map data, combined with cameras and vehicle sensors, allows vehicles to both respond to real-time road conditions and anticipate what’s ahead.
Cadillac demonstrated the power of Super Cruise with the first official hands-free drive across the United States when 12 Super Cruise–equipped vehicles crossed 16 states, traveling from New York City to Los Angeles.