It's the first GM truck to receive hands-free driving.
Currently, the Super Cruise semi-autonomous highway driving assist technology is only available with certain Cadillac models. First introduced in 2017, the system debuted on the now-discontinued CT6 sedan before being rolled out on the all-new Cadillac Escalade, CT4, and CT5. The 2022 GMC Hummer and Chevy Bolt EUV will also have the technology available to owners.
And now the Detroit-based automaker has announced that another popular vehicle will be getting it next year as well. The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali will be the first of GM's pickup trucks to have hands-free driving capability though the brand specifies it won't launch until the end of that year.
Super Cruise technology, which recently bested Tesla's Autopilot in a Consumer Reports test, works by combining LiDAR map data and real-time cameras, sensors, and GPS. A small camera is located on the top of the vehicle's steering column and works with infrared lights in order to determine where the driver is looking when the system is operating.
If it detects the driver has taken their eyes off the road for a long period of time, the light bar at the top of the steering wheel will light up to prompt them to pay attention to the road ahead. So far, Super Cruise can be utilized on more than 200,000 miles of highways in the US and Canada.
For now, GMC has not said how much the system will cost Sierra Denali buyers, but it's a $2,500 option for the 2021 CT4 and CT5, to give you an idea. A majority of vehicles compatible with Super Cruise will also require optional bundles, such as the Driver Assist Package. Super Cruise drivers will also need to purchase a monthly subscription plan. The standalone plan currently costs $25 per month but is reduced to $15 a month if customers purchase OnStar and Connected Services.
GM previously announced it will expand Super Cruise to 22 vehicles by 2023, including ten by 2022. The Sierra Denali is one of them and we don't know yet whether the Chevy Silverado will be another.