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.

Upgrades to Super Cruise Include Availability on More Models

When Cadillac Super Cruise technology made the top of Consumer Report’s first-ever comprehensive comparison of automated driving systems, the news made headlines. Cadillac had beat out Tesla, Volvo, and Nissan in terms of communicating to the driver when the technology was safe to use, keeping drivers engaged with the hands-free system, and preparation for an unresponsive driver.

Since the Consumer Report ranking, it has become clearer that Cadillac manufactures the closest thing to automated driving on the market today. The only major drawback to Super Cruise, many have said, is that it is only available on one model: the CT6 sedan. That will soon be changing.

During the debut of the second vehicle offering Super Cruise (the 2020 Cadillac CT5), the automaker announced that it would be releasing a new vehicle with Super Cruise every six months through 2021. That amounts to five vehicles with this amazing smart technology in the next two years.

As Cadillac continues its upgrades to Super Cruise technology, we at Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac are exciting it will be available on more models you’ll find on our lot.