Cadillac Super Cruise: Network of compatible highways is growing
- Offering expanded to CT4-V, CT5-V
- Available on all Cadillacs next year
- Networked freeways to grow to 200,000 miles
- Dealer-installed updates available for 2018-19 CT6 models
Cadillac’s Super Cruise – a hands-free driver assistance program that will steer the car and continuously maintain a safe gap to the car in front—will be available on the upcoming new CT4-V and CT5-V sport sedans. Super Cruise, which works on an approved network of highways, already is available on the CT6, where some 30 percent of the buyers order it. According to Cadillac data, Super Cruise customers use it 50 percent of the time it can be used.
Until now, Super Cruise has functioned on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways. By the end of 2019, though, the approved network of compatible, divided highways will grow by 70,000 miles, making Super Cruise usable on more than 200,000 miles of roads in Canada and the U.S. Of note: Some of the added divided highways will include limited intersections and traffic control devices. At railroad crossings, pedestrian crossings, stoplights or stop signs, Super Cruise will alert drivers to take back control of the vehicle.
Other Super Cruise refinements
In addition to the larger network of roads, many other refinements have been made to Super Cruise. Besides making it easier to engage, Cadillac has smoothened the vehicle control inputs, especially when a vehicle cuts in front of you. Moreover, there’s an improved driver-attention system and 15 additional messages that can appear on the dash to explain why Super Cruise is not functioning. This latest version of Super Cruise also has additional dynamic lane offset, which means you’ll now have more space between the Cadillac and the truck you’re passing.
How to get updates
To get the expanded network of suitable Super Cruise roads, owners of 2018 and 2019 CT6s will need to go their Cadillac dealer for a free software update. Updated maps will then be added over the air throughout the summer and fall. The CT4-V and CT5-V already will have the updates when they go on sale early next year.
“We are constantly working to make Super Cruise the most beneficial system for our customers,” explained Mario Maiorana, Super Cruise chief engineer. “Expanding our offering of compatible highways will allow people the ease and convenience of traveling hands-free more often.”
Super Cruise fast facts
Super Cruise will be available on all Cadillacs, beginning in 2020.
According to Cadillac data, some 55,000 miles of Super Cruise operation already takes place in the U.S. each week.
To date, more than 2.5 million miles have been driven with the system, which employs LiDAR map data, GPS data, a driver-attention system and a network of camera and radar sensors. Super Cruise maps are updated quarterly.
When you buy a 2019 Cadillac CT6, it comes with Super Cruise, which includes three years of OnStar. After that, to maintain Super Cruise functionality, an OnStar plan must be renewed.
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