BY JOEY CAPPARELLA | CarAndDriver.Com
Troy Warren for CNT
An enhanced version of the hands-free tech will be available on the updated pickup, along with other GM models including the Cadillac Escalade and Chevy Silverado.
- GM is rolling out a new version of Super Cruise that supports towing a trailer.
- It also has a new feature called automatic lane change that can overtake a slower vehicle without any input from the driver.
- This new Super Cruise will be available on several GMC, Chevy, and Cadillac models later this year as 2022 models arrive.
GM is installing its Super Cruise hands-free highway driving technology in several new models for 2022, and the system will be upgraded to support several new features. The biggest upgrade, which will matter most for GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado customers, is that this new version of Super Cruise can now operate with a trailer attached.
When you’re pulling a trailer, Super Cruise adjusts its tuning to compensate for the estimate gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the truck and the trailer combined. It otherwise works exactly the same as normal Super Cruise, with the vehicle operating the steering and speed of the vehicle and allowing the driver to keep their hands off the wheel so long as the vehicle verifies that you continue to keep your eyes on the road via an eye-tracking system.
This new Super Cruise can also now execute lane changes on its own. While it previously offered on-demand lane changes if you pressed the turn signal, the system can now make those decisions without driver input. If the vehicle senses that you’re approaching a slower car, it checks if there’s enough room to pass—either in the lane to the right or the lane to the left—and overtakes. The only caveat is that auto lane change isn’t active with a trailer attached.
GM says the new Super Cruise will be offered on 2022 GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado, GMC Hummer EV, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac CT4, and Cadillac CT5models later this year. We expect to hear more about the other updates in store for the 2022 Sierra and Silverado within the next few months.
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