How does Cadillac Super Cruise™ Work?
Cadillac has long been an innovator in automotive technology. The latest of these technological milestones will be equipped on the 2018 Cadillac CT6. Called Super Cruise™, the system uses an advanced array of sensors and cameras which are placed around the new sedan which helps give drivers a bit of a break when behind the wheel. It is important to note, that Super Cruise™ does not make the new Cadillac CT6 an autonomous, or self-driving, vehicle. Drivers are still an integral part of the system and much remain engaged and alert to properly use the system. Don Wheaton answers the question, how does Cadillac Super Cruise™ work?
Super Cruise™ behind the scenes
When it comes to understanding the technological marvel that is Cadillac Super Cruise™, the most important part of the entire system is its LiDAR component. LiDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, is an umbrella term for a way to get super accurate measurements using a laser beam. If you’re familiar with the concept of radar, LiDAR works much the same. The key difference is that radar uses radio waves to get its information and LiDAR uses a laser beam. Super Cruise™ uses LiDAR map data to measure its position on the road as well as input from cameras and other sensors to keep the 2018 Cadillac CT6 exactly where it should be on the road.
What do I need to do when using Super Cruise™?
Like we said before, Super Cruise™ will not completely take the driver behind the wheel of the 2018 Cadillac CT6 out of the loop. In fact, keeping drivers engaged and paying attention is one of the key features of Super Cruise™ that sets it apart from competing systems.
“When we were developing Super Cruise™ we knew it was important to keep the driver engaged during operation. That’s why we’ve added a driver attention function, to insist on driver supervision,” Barry Walkup, chief engineer of Cadillac Super Cruise™ said in a press release.
Owners of the 2018 CT6 that choose to use Super Cruise™ may notice a small black box on the top of the steering column. This piece of the puzzle is actually an infrared camera that monitors the driver and where they are looking. If the system detects potential trouble ahead of the CT6, it will alert the driver with a red and green light on top of the steering wheel. Alerts will escalate as the system deems necessary.
Super Cruise™ vs. Adaptive Cruise Control
There are several differences between the new Super Cruise™ technology on the 2018 Cadillac CT6 and adaptive cruise control systems found on many other Cadillac sedans and crossover SUVs. The main difference between the two systems is that adaptive cruise control still requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. Check out the video below to see how adaptive cruise control is different.
If you’d like to see how Super Cruise™ works in real life, schedule a test drive with a Don Wheaton sales professional today.