Cadillac is taking first coast-to-coast drive with Super Cruise hands-free technology. Twelve super cruise-equipped Cadillac CT6 vehicles will be cross through 16 states and Washington DC.
The cars will depart from Cadillac House in New York City to travel to Los Angeles, California, making stops in major cities across the U.S. including Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Memphis, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Santa Fe, New Mexico and Phoenix, Arizona.
Super Cruise is Cadillac’s innovative driver assistance feature, which enables hands-free, driver-assisted operation on 130,000 miles of limited access, divided freeways in the U.S. Super Cruise. This feature will be available this fall in the 2018 Cadillac CT6. It utilizes two advanced technology systems — a driver attention system and precision LiDAR map data — which brings a new level of technology and intuitive control to further elevate freeway driving.
Driver Attention System enables safe operation by keeping the driver engaged during operation. It uses a small camera located on the top of the steering column that focuses exclusively on the driver and works with infrared lights to track head position to determine where the driver is looking whenever Super Cruise is in operation. If the system detects the driver has turned attention away from the road ahead for too long, it will prompt the driver to return their attention to the road ahead.
Super Cruise uses precision LiDAR map database which is combined with the real-time data from cameras and GPS sensors. The precision map governs system-use, enabling it in only the areas where appropriate road conditions are detected. The combination of real-time data with precision mapping also improves vehicle control through curves and hills.
Cadillac was granted automated vehicle testing license in New York under a new law pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This demonstration will serve the company in publicizing its product as well as create a favorable opinion among the general public towards this technology.