The new 2018 Cadillac CT6 has a feature that will make expressway driving far more enjoyable.
Once the driver navigates their vehicle onto the expressway, an icon appears by the speedometer. Once the driver hits the button, the new Super Cruise feature is activated. When the light on top of the steering wheel turns green, the Super Cruise feature takes over and drives the car.
The light bar on top of the steering wheel has three different colors that signify something different. Green means Super Cruise is in control; blue means the driver took back control to change lanes or pull off on an exit; red means the system wants to driver to confirm they’re actually paying attention to the road.
The car uses GPS and mapping data to navigate on the expressways. Drivers have to take over if there is heavy rain or bad weather, and the Super Cruise will turn off once the driver has control.
There are similarities between the Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot, but the Super Cruise isn’t quite as advanced. The Tesla can change lanes on its own, and it can operate on any road.
The Super Cruise users sensors to ensure drivers are paying attention. Depending on the speed of the car, the system makes sure drivers look at the road anywhere from seven to 20 seconds. If the car is going faster, the time becomes shorter. If you’re stuck in traffic, you can go longer without looking at the road.
It’s really cool feature that will likely become more popular if it is successful. While it’s basically cruise control on steroids, it will probably become more advanced in the future.
(h/t Tech Crunch)