2021 Cadillac CT5 and CT4 Provides Automated Driving in Small Doses with Enhanced Super Cruise

Jan 28 , 2020

Wil Bradley

2021 Cadillac CT5 and CT4 Provides Automated Driving in Small Doses with Enhanced Super Cruise

The enhancements to Super Cruise include the use of LiDAR map data and real time GPS.

An enhanced version of the Super Cruise driver assistance feature will be introduced starting on the 2021 Cadillac CT5 and CT4 and followed by the all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade.

Among the enhancements will be automated lane change functionality, which will allow the hands-free system to change lanes on compatible highways when requested by the driver and certain conditions are met.

“This is our most extensive update we’ve made to Super Cruise since its debut,”“We have made a number of improvements to make Super Cruise more intuitive, better performing and more accessible for our customers. In addition to the automated lane change functionality, we’ve made improvements to the user interface and hands-free driving dynamics.” ~ Mario Maiorana, Super Cruise chief engineer.

Lane Change On Demand

When Super Cruise is engaged, the driver can either tap or fully latch the turn signal to indicate that they would like to change lanes. This will prompt the system to look for an acceptable opening in the indicated lane, while also taking time to let other cars know that a lane change is imminent.

Upon initiation, the gauge cluster will display messages letting the driver know when the automated lane change has begun, or if lane change is unavailable and changing lanes must be manually completed by the driver. The system will display messages, such as “looking for an opening” or “changing lanes” to keep the driver informed on the status of the lane change.

Super Cruise's advanced technologies help to provide a detailed understanding of the surrounding road to determine allowable automated lane change maneuvers.

An array of camera and radar sensors will continuously scan around the vehicle to determine if an acceptable opening exists, allowing the vehicle to complete the lane change. The combination of these technologies and Super Cruise's driver attention system ensures a confident execution of the automated lane change.