Cadillac Plans To Roll Out Super Cruise System To All Its Cars

Hands off that wheel!

Today, General Motors premium brand announced plans to roll out the semi-autonomous feature to all its cars starting in 2020, after which point, it will start appearing in other GM-owned vehicles as well.

When the system first debuted in the Cadillac CT6 last year, Super Cruise drew immediate comparisons to Tesla’s Autopilot system. Super Cruise is a driver assistance system—a very advanced one—that steers, brakes, and accelerates while automatically adjusting the speed to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles ahead. The driver can “drive” hands and feet free. But that driver can’t fall asleep or play with their phone. An eye tracking system in the vehicle ensures the driver is watching the road ahead and can take over if needed.

The Super Cruise system can navigate 130,000 miles of freeway in the U.S. and Canada, GM said in a statement.

“Cadillac is proud to be the leader for the company’s innovation,” Steve Carlisle, Cadillac’s new president, said in a statement. “Groundbreaking technologies like these continue to provide unparalleled comfort and convenience for our customers.”

The launch of Super Cruise was also an early signal that GM was heading to the front of the self-driving car race. The Detroit automaker, and its self-driving arm GM Cruise, is hoping to be among the first to deploy a driverless taxi service for the masses in a yet-to-be-named city next year.

Super Cruise is currently offered only on expensive versions of the Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan, as a $5,000 option package on the $66,290 Premium Luxury model or as standard on the $85,290 Platinum trim level.

Source: Fortune