Super Cruising with the 2018 Cadillac CT6's autonomous tech
Super Cruising with the 2018 Cadillac CT6's autonomous tech
5:04

Super Cruising with the 2018 Cadillac CT6's autonomous tech

Cars
This is the Cadillac of self-driving cars. Literally it's the 2018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum with automaker super cruise self-driving technology. But I also mean that figuratively in that Cadillac of "best of the best", most advanced driver system that you can buy on the road today. And we're gonna hit the road and see how it works. Let's just hope those clouds on the horizon don't mean rain. [MUSIC] Now for those of you who don't know. What super cruise is, let me catch you up a little bit. It's basically an evolution of Cadillac's adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and automatic braking system into one feature that allows the driver, under certain conditions, to activate the system and have their car drive itself, basically fully autonomously. So what I'm waiting for is an icon on the Instrument cluster to let me know that the system's ready, and then once it is, I press the button, and now I'm super cruising. Now it lets me know that it's in control by activating a green icon on the instrument cluster and also a green bar right here on the steering wheel. That let's me know that the car is in control of the steering, the acceleration, the braking, and I can just take my hands off the wheel and sort of relax a little. If at any point I need to change lanes or something like that I can just grab the steering wheel, activate my turn signal and then initiate the lane change. It will give me control instantaneously and seamlessly. I dont have to press any buttons for that, and then once I am centered back in the lane it will turn green again, and I just let go. It's actually a really seemless system, and it's interesting that it's working so well in the rain today. Most of the almost 200 miles of testing that I've done on the car this week have been highway miles, so I've been getting a lot of mileage out of that super cruise system. I think about 80% of my miles are super cruise miles. Now, when it's in this mode, it's basically fully autonomous. It will stay in its lane, it will follow it around bends, it will slow down if the car in front of me slows down and it will speed back up when traffic permits. But there are a couple of catches. First is that it only works on the highway. In order to get this level of autonomy General Motors has gone out and basically [UNKNOWN] a bunch of interstates. They have up to five millimeter precision on those scans. But that means that it only works on those roads. Fortunately it's a lot of road to the entire interstate system basically and a lot of major highways. There's a map on Cadillac's website to let you know which road work so you can check the ones in your area. And it's always changing as they scan more roads. The other catch is that I can't just check out of the drive while it's super cruising. I can't start reading a book or fiddle with my phone or take a nap. I basically have to keep my eyes on the road and be ready to re-engage in case there's an emergency, like a car cuts me off or something falls off of a truck and grab the steering wheel. Now, in order to enforce that, Cadillac has actually equipped this car with a small infrared camera on the Steering column and that's watching my face to make sure that I'm looking forward and that my eyes are opened and on the road. There are also a couple of infrared lights in the steering wheel that watch my face at night so that I can drive in the evening and allow it See through sunglasses. So, basically, it's mostly autonomous, but I can't like, take a nap on the highway. Now, if, for example, it does notice that I'm looking away from the road for too long, it'll actually start flashing this green light to get my attention. And if I ignore that, it will flash the lights red, and actually gives me a little bit of hectic feedback through the- The seat buzzing my bottom to let me know now it's time just to put your hands back on the wheel. You've lost privileges for a while. If I continue to ignore it, for example heaven forbid I've passed out or taken a nap or something like that, it'll actually bring the car to a stop and activate the hazard lights. Then it can use the OnStar [INAUDIBLE] call emergency services for me. [SOUND] That's like completely autonomous, so I do have to still stay engaged, but there's still a little bit of a convenience benefits. I can't take my eyes off the road but I can take my hands off the wheel and sort of relax into the drive. And there's a little bit of a psychological relaxing thing that happens there when you're in stop and go traffic. Now in order to get this system, well first of all you have to have a Cadillac CT6. And that starts at around $54,000. But in order to get the super cruise option you have to step up to the premium luxury package. That starts at around $65,000. And then it's a $5,000 option on top of that. Or you can do what we've done and just get the platinum that rolls everything in, including Supercruise, as a standard feature. That starts at around $84,000, but if you have the 400-horsepower twin turbo with all-wheel drive like we do, you're looking at around an $89,000 car. It's a pretty hefty The price to pay for a self-driving technology but the CT6 is a fully fledged flagship luxury vehicle so you're getting a lot of car for your money at that price point. Plus Cadillac's kind of the only one in the business of hands off self-driving at least for now. Mercedes, Volvo, all the other usual suspects are also working on their own hands-off systems that we'll start seeing over the next two years. [MUSIC]

Up Next

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: This Big Bronco Is Here
ford-bronco-raptor-still-v1

Up Next

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: This Big Bronco Is Here

2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Goes Big With 37-Inch Tires
f-150-raptor-still

2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Goes Big With 37-Inch Tires

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Is a Sharp-Looking Swedish EV
volvo-c40-recharge-still

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Is a Sharp-Looking Swedish EV

EVs vs. Gas Engines: We Do the Math on Carbon Emissions
evs-exposed-still

EVs vs. Gas Engines: We Do the Math on Carbon Emissions

2022 Yamaha XSR900 Breaks Away From the Cafe, and Onto the 1980s GP Grid
yamaha-still

2022 Yamaha XSR900 Breaks Away From the Cafe, and Onto the 1980s GP Grid

2023 Nissan Z First Drive: A Hotter Performer With Newfound Tech Smarts
nissan-z-2023-first-drive-holdingstill-cms

2023 Nissan Z First Drive: A Hotter Performer With Newfound Tech Smarts

Driving Porsche's Top-Secret Prototype Electric Race Car!
gt4-e-perf-still

Driving Porsche's Top-Secret Prototype Electric Race Car!

Our First Look at the All-New 2023 Ranger Rover Sport
land-rover-range-rover-sport-fl-still-v1

Our First Look at the All-New 2023 Ranger Rover Sport

2022 GMC Sierra AT4X: More Capable, Still Fancy
sierra-at4x-still

2022 GMC Sierra AT4X: More Capable, Still Fancy

This Dakar Rig From Audi Runs on Electricity and We Drove It
audi-rs-q-etron-still

This Dakar Rig From Audi Runs on Electricity and We Drove It

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

How Google Tests the Cameras in Its Pixel Phones
240417-site-google-pixel-lab-exclusive-1

How Google Tests the Cameras in Its Pixel Phones

Boston Dynamics' New Electric Atlas vs. Tesla's Optimus
240419-wtf-atlas-vs-optimus-v04

Boston Dynamics' New Electric Atlas vs. Tesla's Optimus

What is the Fediverse?
240418-fediverse-winged

What is the Fediverse?

The Missing Piece to Apple's Eco-Friendly Mission
240418-site-omt-the-core-problem-of-apples-green-goals-v1.jpg

The Missing Piece to Apple's Eco-Friendly Mission

First Drive in the All-Electric 2024 Fiat 500e
240417-site-fiat-500e-ev-drive-program-thumbnail-v3

First Drive in the All-Electric 2024 Fiat 500e

Laptop Buying Guide: What to Look For
laptop-buying-guide-2024-00-02-36-12-still001

Laptop Buying Guide: What to Look For

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling
cnet-audiq6

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter
pic3

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar
240320-site-nuro-r3-first-look-v1

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day
240304-site-nothing-phone-2-first-look-v3

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More
240229-site-best-of-show-at-mwc

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

Latest How To All how to videos

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2
airpods-pro-2

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone
screenshot-2024-04-03-at-15-47-11.png

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features
240311-site-windows-11-hidden-tips-and-tricks-v2

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro