GM Offers Details on Super Cruise Rollout

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Widely regarded as one of the best— if not the best — hands-free driver-assist system in a still-small market, General Motors’ Super Cruise receives an upgrade this year, allowing drivers to change lanes by simply activating a turn signal.

The first models to gain the feature are the 2021 Cadillac Escalade revealed late Tuesday and Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans for the coming model year. The plan was always to filter Super Cruise through the GM stable, but the timeline was always hazy at best. Via GM President Mark Reuss, we now have a better idea of when semi-autonomous (and semi-autonomous only) driving will reach other models.

Speaking at an investor day event in New York, Reuss said 10 GM models will gain Super Cruise by next year, CNBC reports.

Early last year, Cadillac’s executive chief engineer, Brandon Vivian, told The Verge that the company aimed to reveal a new model with Super Cruise every six months through 2021. At the time, the engineering braintrust was busy at work to make Super Cruise more user-friendly while adding new capabilities like lane changing. Models under other GM brands, the automaker previously stated, would come along after 2021.

That’s still the case, but the numbers have changed somewhat.

By 2023, some 22 GM models will gain Super Cruise, Reuss said. He neglected to rhyme them off by name. The plan was always for Super Cruise to appear in all Cadillac models by the end of 2020; it seems GM, which debuted the system in 2017, was waiting until the enhanced version was ready before outfitting it in all existing vehicles. It had to wait, also, on the introduction of revamped models like the Escalade.

The CT4 and CT5 gained Super Cruise at launch, and will get the upgraded version later this year, along with the Escalade. The XT4, XT5, and XT6 crossovers, however, are in need of the system, and should get it come the 2021 model year (this fall).

Production of Super Cruise’s literal launch vehicle, the CT6 sedan, ceased in February.

Of course, the vehicles mentioned do not add up to 10, and they certainly don’t amount to 22, leaving a big unanswered question. Reuss would only say that the system will find its way into pickups and SUVs.

“We are rolling this out in a very big way,” he said.

[Images: General Motors]

Steph Willems
Steph Willems

More by Steph Willems

Comments
Join the conversation
 7 comments
  • Dividebytube Dividebytube on Feb 05, 2020

    Luxury car drivers use their turn signals? ;) I keed, I keed!

  • TomLU86 TomLU86 on Feb 05, 2020

    I still don't get it. GM, Audi, BMW, whoever....this seems to be the answer to the question nobody asked. Complexity...

    • See 4 previous
    • Conundrum Conundrum on Feb 06, 2020

      @amca I agree with APaGtth. My car's radar ACC is impercetible in operation. It used to take me a while after I got it to realize I'd slowed down because the car in front had. But now I know it's so smooth, I watch out for the slowing down of grandma in front, and just pull into the left lane if safe and let the electronic brain gets on with it. Surely GM Super Cruise is more than this. I disabled Lane Keeping assist because it went ape when I dodged potholes, of which there are far too many. And worn-out lane markings left it scratching its head. More trouble than it was worth. If Super Cruise can change lanes by itself with a prod of the the turn signal lever, well I guess one would have to have confidence that the Highways Dept maintenance was up to scratch. Highly unlikely around here. Who are these people who "widely regard the GM Cruise system as the best"? Best at what, exactly? I must have missed that memo.

  • W Conrad Sedans have been fine for me, but I were getting a new car, it would be an SUV. Not only because less sedans available, but I can't see around them in my sedan!
  • Slavuta More hatchbacks
  • ED I don't know what GM is thinking.I have a 2020 one nice vehicle.Got rid of Camaro and was going to buy one.Probably won't buy another GM product.Get rid of all the head honchos at GM.This company is a bunch of cheapskates building junk that no one wants.
  • Lostjr Sedans have been made less practical, with low rooflines and steeply raked A pillars. It makes them harder to get in and out of. Probably harder to put a kid in a child seat. Sedans used to be more family oriented.
  • Bob Funny how Oldsmobile was offering a GPS system to help if you were lost, yet GM as a company was very lost. Not really sure that they are not still lost. They make hideous looking trucks, Cadillac is a crappy Chevy pretending to be fancy. To be honest, I would never step in a GM show room now or ever. Boring, cheap ugly and bad resale why bother. I get enough of GM when i rent on trips from airports. I have to say, does anybody at GM ever drive what everyone else drives? Do they ever then look at what crap they put out in style fit and finish? Come on, for real, do they? Cadillac updated slogan should be " sub standard of the 3rd world", or " almost as good as Tata motors". Enough said.
Next