Every car maker has a different approach to the concept of autonomous driving. Some have chosen to focus on long-term, more ambitious goals such as full autonomy, while others like Cadillac decided to work on more immediate solutions to enhance the practicality of their current models. That’s why they came up with the Super Cruise system, now available for the 2018 Cadillac CT6.
Pitched as the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology for the highway, Cadillac Super Cruise is a semi-autonomous system that uses two currently available and widely-used technologies, driver attention system and precision LiDAR map data, to keep the 2018 Cadillac CT6 between the white lines on the freeway. You can think of it as an advanced cruise control.
The Super Cruise system on the 2018 Cadillac CT6 makes long-distance driving a lot more comfortable. In addition, its hands-free capability and driver attention system help the driver safely complete common tasks in the car, such as using the navigation system, adjusting the audio system or taking a phone call.
What sets the Super Cruise apart from similar systems though is that unlike those systems which only rely upon steering wheel input and warning messages to request driver attention, this one uses driver attention system with inputs from uses a small camera located on the top of the steering column which monitors the driver’s face. The SC also benefits from precision LiDAR map data in addition to real-time cameras, sensors and GPS. This system seems like a good base on which Cadillac can develop their future, fully autonomous platform.