GM is bringing its improved Super Cruise hands-free driving system to six vehicles by 2022 – TechCrunch

GM is rolling out three major enhancements including automatic lane changes and trailer support for its Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance system and will make it available on six vehicles, including the all-new 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup.

While GM has steadily improved Super Cruise since its introduction in 2017, for years it has been limited to its luxurious Cadillac brand. Upgrades and additional vehicles mark the automaker’s willingness, and perhaps willingness, to sell the technology to owners of its Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks.

When GM launched Super Cruise, it was only available in one Cadillac model, the full-size CT6 sedan, and restricted to divided roads. That began to change in 2019 when GM announced plans to expand where Super Cruise would be available. Now, the system can be activated on more than 200,000 miles of highways in the United States.

And GM plans to expand further. By 2023, GM aims to bring Super Cruise to 22 vehicles, including the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer SUVs.

The company said Friday it is adding automatic lane changes that work without a warning to the driver for Super Cruise. This enhanced Super Cruise feature will be available on the Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac CT4, Cadillac CT5, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Hummer EV Pickup and GMC Sierra 2022. GM has also developed and will launch a new feature that will allow drivers to activate the assistance system. hands-free while towing your boat or caravan. This towing feature will be available only on model year 2022 vehicles that have towing capability. Finally, GM has updated its in-car navigation to show drivers the roads where Super Cruise can be used.

Super Cruise uses a combination of LIDAR map data, high-precision GPS, cameras and radar sensors, as well as a driver attention system, which monitors the person behind the wheel to make sure they are paying attention. Unlike Tesla’s autopilot driver assistance system, Super Cruise users don’t need to have their hands on the wheel. However, your eyes should remain directed forward.

The automatic lane change feature in Super Cruise will still require the driver to keep their eyes on the road. When the system is activated, the driver you no longer need to participate turn signal to indicate a desire to change lanes. Instead, the system, if activated, will cause the lane to change on its own after alerting the driver. The system will move the vehicle to another lane to overtake a slower vehicle.

Driver-driven automatic lane change will default when the vehicle is towing a boat, caravan, or trailer.

All of these upgrades are made possible by GM’s new digital vehicle platform called VIP, or Intelligent Vehicle Platform, which provides more electrical bandwidth and data processing power, allowing engineers to add to Super’s capabilities. Cruise. Vehicles equipped with this VIP electric architecture can add Super Cruise functions through wireless software updates. That means certain 2021 models, specifically the Cadillac Escalade, will receive these new updates.

There are a couple of vehicles, namely the Chevrolet Bolt EUV 2022, which have a different version of the Super Cruise because it is not equipped with the VIP. As a result, the Bolt EUV will not receive these updates.

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