GM Super Cruise tech heading to 7 more cars next year
The driver assistance technology will also soon work on 70,000 more miles of roads, as well.
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
Super Cruise has been a quiet ace up
' sleeve. The driver assistance technology is one of the better Level 2 systems available today, and it boasts the safeguards to ensure that drivers can't misuse it.
While it's been a Cadillac-exclusive feature since its launch, Super Cruise is on the move. During a GM event on Wednesday, the automaker confirmed this technology will land at seven additional cars next year -- and not just Cadillacs. We already knew the tech was set to spread beyond the luxury division, but the rapid expansion is noteworthy.
While the expanded availability is the biggest news, Super Cruise will be a smarter system, too. GM said richer mapping data and better lane data will now allow the partially automated system to operate smoothly through interchanges. A new camera boasts improved technology to read the driver's face, which will keep Super Cruise from yelling at drivers if it believes they're not paying attention. This will be especially true if bright sunlight obscures things.
Further out, GM reaffirmed that it's hard at work developing eye-tracking technology that will further refine Super Cruise. Eye-tracking technology will perhaps be the best way to ensure drivers pay attention while using the Super Cruise system on the highway.
Speaking of the highway, drivers will be able to Super Cruise on more of them. The system launched with mapped data for 130,000 miles' worth of divided highways in the US and Canada. Now, the number will grow to 200,000 miles total. The automaker said it will soon add 70,000 miles worth of so-called "country highways" that do not feature a defined divide in the roadway.
On all of these roads, the system will also house the capability to execute lane changes on demand. We'll see this feature in the 2021 Escalade first.
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