Cadillac announces first coast-to-coast drive with its hands-free technology
Cadillac embarked on the first official hands-free drive on freeways from one side of the country to the other using its Super Cruise technology. A select group of key stakeholders and media will test the technology in twelve Super Cruise-equipped Cadillac CT6 vehicles, which departed the morning of September 25 from Cadillac House in New York City and will travel to Los Angeles. Crossing through 16 states, plus the District of Columbia, the drive program will make stops in major cities across the U.S. including Cleveland, Chicago, Memphis, Dallas, Santa Fe, and Phoenix. Super Cruise is Cadillac’s feature that enables hands-free, driver-assisted operation on 130,000 miles of limited-access, divided freeways in the U.S.
“Cadillac is setting new industry standards with ground-breaking driver assistance technologies like Super Cruise, the world’s first true hands-free driving system for the freeway,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac president. “We are excited to bring Super Cruise, a true testament to Cadillac’s innovative spirit and technical capability, on its first-ever hands-free drive on freeways from coast to coast.”
The cross-country drive marks the first time that Super Cruise technology will be demonstrated on New York City freeways. Cadillac has been granted a New York automated vehicle testing license under a new state law.
Super Cruise will be available this fall in the 2018 Cadillac CT6. The system uses two advanced technology systems—a driver attention system and precision LiDAR map data—which Cadillac says brings a new level of technology and intuitive control to further elevate freeway driving.