The driver of GM and Cadillac have spent the trip from 10 million miles with their hands on their lap because General Motors introduced the Super Cruise Assist Driver system back in 2017. On Wednesday, the company launched the next generation handheld system – one that claimed GM. Will “finally activate hands-free free driving at 95 percent of all driving scenarios” – dubbed, ultra cruise.
What distinguishes Ultra Cruise from a similar system, such as Blucruise Ford, is that ultra designed to work virtually everywhere in the US and Canada. When launched, this system is expected to work at 2 million miles of North American streets – which includes highways, cities and subdivisions, and paved countryside roads – and will eventually develop to cover around 3.4 million miles of asphalt.
If you have just bought a super cruise-enable vehicle (or plans to buy one of the 22 GM models to be available in 2023), don’t worry, it’s not everywhere. GM plans to continue to offer super cruises for more mainstream vehicles such as Escalade, CT4 / CT5, Silverado and Sierra while Ultra Cruise will be provided for company premium offers. GM has not determined which vehicle will be the first to get it, even though the company notes that select 2023 Cadillac will be on the head of the line.
Built in ATOP GM recently announced Ultifi (again, poems with “Multiply” computing systems) and utilizing optical myriad sensors, radar and lidar sensors, ultra cruise will support automatic and on-demand path changes, left and right turns, Avoid traffic signals, avoid obstacles and even park themselves on the entrance of the housing. Increasing and further refinement of the system will be sent to the vehicle through OTA renewal. To avoid Tesla’s style accident, GM will port camera system attention to the driver of the Super Cruise to the new system.