2021 Cadillac CT5, CT4 and Escalade Will Offer Super Cruise Enhancements
Cadillac’s Super Cruise driver-assist technology is getting an upgrade for 2021 in the form of automated lane change functionality. The new and improved technology will first appear in the 2021 CT4 and CT5 models, followed by the Escalade SUV. All three models will be available toward the end of this year.
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“This is our most extensive update we’ve made to Super Cruise since its debut,” said Mario Maiorana, Super Cruise chief engineer. “We have made a number of improvements to make Super Cruise more intuitive, better performing and more accessible for our customers. In addition to the automated lane change functionality, we’ve made improvements to the user interface and hands-free driving dynamics.”
To activate the automated lane change, you need to flip on your turn signal. Using various cameras and radar sensors, as well as real-time GPS data, the system will identity the safest place and time to make the lane change. Once identified, the system will make the impending lane change intention known to other drivers.
Although the lane change process is automated, you are still expected to keep your focus on your surroundings, as with all autonomous vehicle technology.
“In order to add automated lane change and provide our customers with the same level of confidence that they currently have in Super Cruise, we made improvements to both our software and hardware,” said Maiorana. “This included improving rear-facing sensors and advanced software algorithms so that the system can confidently track vehicles approaching from the rear. As a result of these improvements, we are able to ensure that Super Cruise will hold in its current lane and only change when a sufficient gap exists.”
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In addition, the upgraded Super Cruise system will be more intuitive for drivers, better at controlling speed and steering, and deliver more detailed maps in the 2021 designated models.
DeAnn Owens is a Dayton transplant by way of the Windy City, yet considers herself to be a California girl at heart even though she’s only visited there once. To get through the dreaded allergy season unique to the Miami Valley, she reads, writes, complains about the weather, and enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and their newest addition, a Boston terrier puppy that is now in charge of all their lives. In the future, she hopes to write a novel and travel through time. See more articles by DeAnn.