General Motors’ Super Cruise is adding new features and will soon expand from one Cadillac model to at least 22 products from all GM’s U.S. brands.
- GM recently increased by over 50 percent the number of miles of highway where Super Cruise can operate.
- The system will expand to three new models this coming year and 22 by 2023.
- Super Cruise still requires a motorist to be at the ready to take control in an emergency.
Super Cruise launched in 2017 on the Cadillac CT6. While that big sedan is going away, GM has plans to add the hands-free system to Caddy’s CT4 and CT5 sedans, as well as the totally redone Escalade SUV for the 2021 model year. In 2022, it will be offered for the first time through other GM brands, starting with the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. The big blitz comes in 2023 when it will roll out on 22 models, with more likely to follow, company officials have confirmed.
The Chevrolet Bolt will become one of the first three non-Cadillac models to get a Super Cruise option in the 2022 model year. (Photo: General Motors)
The expanded roll-out reflects the fact that “We’ve exceeded the (anticipated) take rate on the CT6 and customers use Super Cruise more than expected,” said Scott Miller, the GM exec overseeing the development and roll-out of the hands-free system.
About 30 percent of Caddy CT6 buyers have shelled out the $2,500 for the option. Meanwhile, 85 percent of those who have the system say they would prefer or only buy a vehicle with Super Cruise in the future.
GM recently increased the number of miles Super Cruise can operate on from 130,000 to 200,000. This coming year, meanwhile, it will gain the ability to change lanes simply by tapping the turn signal. And new products will add a rear-facing radar sensor to ensure the vehicle doesn’t pull out in front of fast-approaching traffic.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Super Cruise is considered perhaps the closest anyone has come to taking on Tesla’s own Autopilot technology. And like Autopilot, the addition of over-the-air update capability will allow GM to add even more features to Super Cruise going forward.