In 2017, Cadillac went from being just a luxury car brand to setting an industry technology benchmark with Super Cruise, a hands-free driving system to rival Tesla’s Autopilot. Now, the company has set that bar even higher with the release of Enhanced Super Cruise, a new version that allows automated lane changes and easier operation. We had a chance to try it out in the all-new 2021 Escalade.
Super Cruise offers a simple yet powerful interface that controls both the acceleration and the braking of the vehicle on compatible roads in the United States and Canada. Cadillac mapped these roads in advance using lidar (it’s like radar, with light) to detect their curves, intersections, and exits in minute detail. To operate with greater precision, the system also uses real-time location, cameras, and other sensors.
Activating Super Cruise is simple: Just press the Adaptive Cruise Control button located on the steering wheel. When you drive on a compatible road and the driving conditions are optimal (visible lane markings, GPS available, and up-to-date signs), the Super Cruise symbol will light up.
Ready to start driving with no hands? Press the Super Cruise button located on the steering wheel and a green light on it will inform you that you can now remove your hands to place them on your legs, for instance, or by your sides.
The system also works to change lanes; you just have to activate the turn signal and Super Cruise will look for a suitable opening in the next lane, in addition to alerting other vehicles of the movement that the car is about to make.
To turn Super Cruise off, press the button again, or press the brake pedal.
Autonomous driving systems are here, and Cadillac’s Super Cruise is proof of that. Enhanced Super Cruise will make its first appearance in the 2021 Cadillac CT5, CT4, and all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
This piece was produced in collaboration with our Spanish-language partners at Digital Trends Español.