Arriving soon on six 2022 General Motors vehicles.
Among the Level 2 driver assistance systems we've tested, General Motors' Super Cruise is the most effective. Super Cruise currently enables hands-free driving on compatible highways, with the enhanced version adding automatic lane changes. Today, GM announced expanded Super Cruiser capabilities for six 2022 model year vehicles. These vehicles include the upcoming 2022 GMC Sierra 1500, Hummer EV Pickup, Chevrolet Silverado, Cadillac Escalade, CT4, and CT5. Certain 2021 model year vehicles will receive the updates through an over-the-air-update.
The aforementioned vehicles will gain three new features for 2022. Most importantly, Super Cruise will now function when towing a trailer, boat, or camper. Ford's upcoming BlueCruise will not have this ability when it launches later this year. The second feature is the Enhanced navigation display, which now shows compatible roads in the navigation system or the built-in Google Maps app. Finally, the automatic lane-change feature will alert drivers when it is optimal to make a passing maneuver.
"We're excited to expand Super Cruise to even more new models with additional capabilities to provide our customers with even more opportunities to go hands-free," said Mario Maiorana, Super Cruise chief engineer. "The additional Super Cruise-enabled vehicles and new features are an important step toward our goal of enabling hands-free driving 95% of the time and getting people more comfortable with letting go of the wheel."
Along with the six vehicles announced to receive Super Cruise for 2022, GM says the system will be available on 22 vehicles by 2023, including the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV SUV. A lesser version of Super Cruise will come on the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV and the 2022 Cadillac XT6.
With this latest announcement, GM has increased its lead in the level 2 driving race. No automaker (Tesla included) will offer more vehicles with hands-free driving ability across its lineup. GM's addition of hands-free towing should act as a great selling point for truck customers. Towing on the highway can be rather tedious, but Super Cruise will make the journey far less stressful. We look forward to testing the system in the near future.