GM brings Super Cruise extension to full-size SUVs first
In August, General Motors said the automakerof its Level 2 Super Cruise hands-free driving assistance, which extends to cover some 400,000 miles of North American roads. Now we know exactly who gets this update first.
GM announced this week that it will begin rolling out its expanded access to Super Cruise. Its full-size SUVs will be the first vehicles to access the wider coverage map. This group includes the 2023 Chevy Tahoe (High Country and Premier trims), the 2023 Chevy Suburban (High Country and Premier trims), the 2023 Cadillac Escalade (standard, ESV and V variants) and the 2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate. These models should arriving to drivers in mid-November.
These won’t be the only vehicles to gain access to an additional 200,000 miles of hands-free travel, however. Over the coming months, other vehicles in GM’s Vehicle Intelligence Platform Electric Architecture will receive the same expanded access through over-the-air updates. Vehicles equipped with these electric bases include the Cadillac CT4 and CT5, the GMC Hummer EV, as well as the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado pickup trucks.
The process of adding routes to Super Cruise requires more than pulling some data from Google Maps. GM scans each road with lidar and combines that information with data taken from cameras, GPS and radar sensors to create as accurate a map as possible. This new expansion will cover additional federal and state highways and roads.
It should be noted that Super Cruise is not autonomous technology; while drivers are allowed to drive their vehicles hands-free on these roads, infrared cameras ensure that the driver continues to monitor the roadway, as they can be prompted to regain control at any time.