For GM, the move toward advanced driver assistance systems begins with Super Cruise, the world’s first true hands-free driver assistance technology for enabled roads and available to drivers on more than 200,000 miles of roads in the United States and Canada.
The system allows drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel, provided the driver maintains attention on the road ahead—a task supported by a driver attention system. LiDAR map data, GPS and a network of camera and radar sensors help keep the vehicle in its lane.
Initially introduced on the Cadillac CT6, an enhanced version of Super Cruise is available on the 2021 Cadillac CT5, CT4 and Escalade, and will launch on the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali in late model year 2022. Super Cruise will be available on 22 vehicles by the end of 2023, including the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV and the GMC Hummer EV.
An enhanced version of Super Cruise features new Lane Change on Demand functionality that allows the system to change lanes when requested by the driver and when certain conditions are met. The system provides information such as “looking for an opening” or “changing lanes” to keep the driver informed on the status of a lane change or to let drivers know when a Lane Change on Demand is not possible. We made improvements to both our software and hardware. This included improving rear-facing sensors and advanced software algorithms so that the system can confidently track vehicles approaching from the rear. As a result of these improvements, as well as the inclusion of richer map data, we are able to ensure that Super Cruise will hold in its current lane and only change when a sufficient gap exists. The enhanced version of Super Cruise is made possible by GM’s Vehicle Intelligence Platform, which provides the required electrical bandwidth and data processing power. Super Cruise is just one example of the increasingly capable driver-assist technologies available on our conventional vehicle portfolio.