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Cadillac Super Cruise Technology is About to Get Even Better

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2019 Cadillac CT6-V
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If you’re looking for a luxury vehicle that boasts nearly autonomous driving, the whole Cadillac lineup will soon fit the bill thanks to its innovative Super Cruise technology. While that’s exciting news in its own right, Cadillac has taken measures to keep Super Cruise safe and ahead of the competition. Here’s a look at what’s coming to Super Cruise.

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Upgrades to Super Cruise

To keep Super Cruise up-to-date, Cadillac has given its vehicles over-the-air re-flash capabilities. That means your Cadillac can seamlessly receive all of the latest Super Cruise technologies and features through the in-car 4G LTE network. While some consumers might be wary of a vehicle that’s always online, Cadillac executive chief engineer Brandon Vivian assures us that the automaker has segment-leading security technology and next-generation encryption capabilities.

Room to grow

However, Super Cruise has its limitations. According to Mike Bride, chief engineer for the CT5, Super Cruise can’t make lane changes and gets confused by split lanes, which limit its use in some situations. Therefore, Cadillac is looking to expand Super Cruise’s operational range and capabilities. For instance, the system would like to add road-sign and traffic-signal recognition abilities, and give it the ability to navigate through intersections and construction zones.

Currently, Super Cruise uses 130,000 miles of limited-access divided highway data. To make this semi-autonomous technology even more useful, Cadillac engineers would like to expand its range further. It seems like Cadillac drivers would appreciate that — according to data gathered by the automaker, of all miles driven on divided highways in Super-Cruise equipped CT6 models, 70 percent are driven with Super Cruise enabled.

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Rollout plan

While Super Cruise was once exclusive to the CT6, you’ll soon be able to enjoy this semi-autonomous technology on the 2020 CT5, coming to dealership lots in late 2019. After that, Cadillac plants to roll out a new Super Cruise-enabled model every six months, through 2021.

Source: The Verge, GM Authority