2021 Escalade, CT4, CT5 Getting Cadillac's Enhanced Super Cruise

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, Automotive Editor - January 28, 2020

Since 2017, Cadillac has kept its hands-free semi-autonomous system, which is called Super Cruise, as an exclusive for just the CT6. It was an odd decision, but one that Cadillac said wouldn’t last forever. Sure enough, Cadillac has updated its Super Cruise system and will be expanding the lineup of cars that can be had with the system, along with its capabilities.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade, CT4, and CT5 will be getting Cadillac’s updated version of Super Cruise when the vehicles go on sale in the second half of 2020. Eventually, all of Cadillac’s vehicles will be offered with Super Cruise. Ironically, the CT6, the original vehicle to have the piece of technology on the market, won’t be around, as production of the model is ending this month.

Before diving into what’s new with Super Cruise, here’s a quick refresher on the system. Thanks to LiDAR, a host of sensors, and multiple cameras, the semi-autonomous system can handle the majority of tasks during highway driving without requiring drivers to hold the steering wheel. Instead, the system has driver-facing cameras that watch facial movements to ensure the driver is looking at the road ahead. The system is only capable of running on roads the General Motors has mapped out, the majority of which are highways. After testing the system when it first came out, I can say that it’s a handy piece of tech that actually works as it’s intended to.

Now that Super Cruise has been on sale for a few years, Cadillac is looking to expand what the system can do. The major addition is a new lane change on demand feature. With Super Cruise engaged, drivers can now tap the turn signal, which will prompt the vehicle to look for an open spot in the indicated lane. Messages will be displayed in the instrument cluster to let drivers know what the vehicle is doing. “Looking for an opening” and “changing lanes” are a few of the new messages that will be displayed during lane changes.

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To introduce this new feature, Cadillac made some changes to the system’s software and hardware. New rear-facing sensors and advanced software algorithms are part of the changes, and will help ensure that the system only changes lanes when it senses a large enough opening.

In addition to the new lane change feature, other Super Cruise enhancements include more detailed maps, improved steering and speed control, and other alterations to make it easier for drivers to engage Super Cruise. The result of these little enhancements should result in a smoother, more Cadillac-like experience.

Cadillac has been making small changes to Super Cruise since the system came out in 2017. The last major change came when the automaker increased the number of available miles the system can be used on to over 200,000.

Super Cruise was introduced as a competitor to Tesla’s Autopilot. But the systems vary greatly. Autopilot can be used nearly everywhere, make lane changes on its own, automatically steer the vehicle based on a destination that’s been put into the navigation system, and has a summon feature that lets the vehicle come to your destination from a parking lot. While Super Cruise isn’t as robust as Autopilot, it’s likely that Cadillac will continue to expand the system to include new features. Super Cruise, after all, was the first to offer hands-free driving on the market.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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