Cadillac 'SuperCruise' Hands-Free Driving Coming Sooner Than Expected

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

It seems everyone is looking into self-driving cars these days, but it looks like Cadillac will be the first company to offer hands free driving in a production car.

The ‘SuperCruise’ system is a combination of already existing technology that is available in some Caddy models already, such as the XTS. Lane centering has been combined with adaptive cruise control to create the ‘SuperCruise’ system, which senses other vehicles 360 degress around the car and reacts to them. The lane centering does exactly what you think, it keeps the car in the center of the lane by detecting where the painted road lines are. It can even sense barriers on either side of the lane, and can offset its position to compensate. Highway driving is the only application of the system right now, as autonomous city driving offers many different hurdles.

The Super Cruise system is something “we will be introducing in the near term,” said Gary Smyth, executive director of GM’s North American R&D, at the Driverless Car Summit in Detroit. While previous reports had the the system being introduced in 2015, this hint suggests that the 2014 model year is also a distinct possibility for the debut of SuperCruise.

With autonomous driving bills being passed in California and Arizona, as well generally positive public reception of the technology, Cadillac may be the first to cash in on what is sure to become the next big thing in our vehicles.

[Source: Motor Authority]

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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  • Peter Peter on Jun 13, 2012

    Pretty soon the government will make autonomous driving tech mandatory. We will not have the option of driving, because humans are too unsafe. Boo Cadillac. Boo.

    • Nonymous Nonymous on Jun 13, 2012

      Hmm, I wonder why that would happen??? Perhaps because of careless drivers, drunk-drivers and texting while driving. Yea......Boo to safety. Shame on Cadillac and any other automotive company wanting to make us all safer behind the wheel.