2022 Chevy, GMC Trucks in Line for Super Cruise Upgrade

A trio of 2022 models from General Motors will boast upgraded Super Cruise technology and a hands-free driving experience that’s more advanced than ever.

The Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Hummer EV Pickup, and GMC Sierra will all be available with enhanced Super Cruise for 2022.

With Super Cruise, you can travel hands-free on more than 200,000 miles of U.S. and Canada roads. This system uses cameras, sensors, and mapping data to control a vehicle’s speed, braking, and lane centering while your hands are off the wheel.

For 2022, Super Cruise is adding new capabilities for an even smoother experience. You’ll now be able to drive hands-free while towing a trailer with the Silverado, Sierra, or Hummer EV Pickup. Super Cruise will also be able to initiate and carry out lane changes while your hands are off the wheel. Compatible roads will also be more seamlessly integrated into built-in navigation systems and mapping apps.

“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, chief engineer for Super Cruise. “The additional Super Cruise-enabled vehicles and new features are an important step toward our goal of enabling hands-free driving 95 percent of the time and getting people more comfortable with letting go of the wheel.”

Ready to let go of the wheel yourself? Contact us here at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC in Ruston, Louisiana, to find out how you can test-drive a Super Cruise-equipped Chevrolet or GMC vehicle.

Study Confirms Safety of Hands-Free Super Cruise™ Tech

Super Cruise™ is an exciting new technology that lets owners of certain Cadillac models drive hands-free on over 200,000 miles of highway in North America. Is it safe? According to a recent MIT study, the answer is a resounding yes.

Researchers at MIT wanted to find out if hands-free, or “semi-autonomous,” driving systems make drivers less alert and more distracted. So they used cameras to track the habits of 14 study participants as they drove Cadillac CT6 sedans with built-in Super Cruise™.

Over a month of observation, researchers found that drivers were highly engaged with Super Cruise™. When drivers needed to retake control for maneuvers that the system isn’t designed for, they did so promptly — and often without being prompted — instead of losing focus or misusing the technology.

That’s great news for the future of Super Cruise™, which will soon be available in an enhanced format for the 2022 Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac CT4, and Cadillac CT5. This upgraded version of Super Cruise™ will allow for hands-free lane changes and even trailer towing on properly equipping models.

To learn how you can get behind the wheel of a Cadillac luxury vehicle equipped with Super Cruise™ tech, contact our sales staff here at Courtesy Cadillac in Ruston, Louisiana.

General Motors Announces Ultium Charge 360

Undoubtedly, the future of driving is in electric vehicles — and General Motors is leading the charge. On top of offering exciting new EVs like the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV and GMC HUMMER EV, GM is looking to make owning, driving, and charging an electric vehicle even easier with its new Ultium Charge 360 platform.

GM Chief EV Officer Travis Hester says that customers need “a robust charging experience that makes the transition to an EV seamless and helps drive mass adoption.” And that’s exactly what General Motors hopes Ultium Charge 360 will achieve. Hester says that the platform will make charging at home and on the go easier, allowing drivers to stay on top of their EV’s needs.

Ultium Charge 360 is a holistic, all-inclusive charging experience that offers multiple key facets. That includes working with major third parties including EVgo to increase fast-charger infrastructure and access, making it easier for drivers to change the way they drive without having to change much at all.

With Ultium Charge 360, you’ll also get access to apps that give you control over the charging experience so that you can save time and money. And it will provide EV owners with charging accessories and installation services to meet their needs as best as possible.

Whether you’re ready to make the switch to electric today, tomorrow, or a few years down the line, Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Ruston is ready to plug you in. Contact our friendly team of experts and we’ll let you know how you can be one of the first in Ruston, Louisiana, riding the new green wave.

Cadillac V-Series Blackwing Gets Manual Thanks to 3D Printing

Fans of hands-on driving will be happy to learn that the upcoming Cadillac V-Series Blackwing will get a manual transmission — made possible by 3D printing.

The Cadillac team worked hard to incorporate functional 3D-printed parts in the upcoming V-Series Blackwing models. The 3D-printed parts include two HVAC ducts, an electrical harness bracket, and a unique medallion that will sit on the manual shifter knob. By producing the manual transmission with additive manufacturing, Cadillac was able to reduce costs and waste.

Both the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-5 Blackwing will include a six-speed manual transmission as standard and offer a 10-speed automatic transmission as an option. Thanks to this innovative process, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing will be the only sedan in its segment to offer a manual. The 3D-printed six-speed manual transmission will be quieter and more durable than previous manuals.

Manual transmissions are popular among driving enthusiasts, and knowledge about manual transmission is still prevalent. A recent Harris Poll study shows that 66 percent of American adults surveyed know how to drive a manual, and roughly 40 percent of those who do not know are interested in learning.

The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-Blackwing will be available starting summer 2021. Ask about reserving yours at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac.

GMC Sierra to Get Latest Version of Super Cruise

The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali will make trailering even better thanks to the addition of Super Cruise technology. The latest version of Super Cruise will introduce the ability to trailer while driving hands-free. As the industry’s first hands-free driver assistance system, Super Cruise contributes to the exceptional trailering capabilities of the GMC Sierra.

With the use of real-time camera, sensors, and GPS, as well as precision LiDAR map data, the Super Cruise driver assistance system is available on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads in the United States and Canada. When Super Cruise is in operation, a small camera on top of the steering column works with infrared lights to locate where you are looking. If the system senses you have turned your gaze away from the road for too long, it will activate the steering wheel light bar to prompt your attention back to the road.

The addition of Super Cruise makes the 2022 GMC Sierra even stronger and more capable when towing and trailering. It also improves driver confidence when connecting to a trailer, ensuring you can hit the road knowing that the 2022 GMC Sierra has the latest technology to make the trailering process better.

Super Cruise technology is one of the things that gets us excited about the future of cars. Learn more about the GMC Sierra, Super Cruise, and other cool automotive tech at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac.