Cadillac has been hoarding Super Cruise technology for the past couple years. But with the reveal of the all-new 2022 Hummer EV, it was revealed Super Cruise was making the leap to GMC. Now the 2022 Sierra 1500 Denali is slotted to get it with (get this!) trailering capability.
If you aren’t familiar with Super Cruise, it’s self-driving technology that allows you to drive hands-free – while you’re paying attention.
It can only be activated on compatible highways (not your neighborhood side streets), and though it is a hands-free system, it does require you to keep your eyes on the road. In fact, there’s a camera monitoring your head, and if it looks like you aren’t paying attention (like maybe you’re sending a text message), it’ll issue an audible and visual alert before shutting down.
I had the chance to test the system on a 2-hour highway drive, and it actually works really well. It keeps you in your lane, and it alerts you to when it can’t read the lane lines properly so you need to take over. After a half hour of leaning forward with my hands hovering over the wheel, waiting for the slightest misstep, I finally relaxed and let the system do its job.
But how does it keep you in your lane?
It uses a combination of LiDAR map data, real-time cameras, sensors and GPS data.
What’s really cool about Super Cruise in the 2022 Sierra is it will include the ability to tow a trailer while driving hands free.
Other than that, GMC hasn’t released too many details, so there are still a lot of questions. Will there be extra sensors for the trailer? Will it have the updated Super Cruise technology allowing the vehicle to change lanes hands-free while towing? How will it account for the length of the trailer? How will the system handle the extra heft of vehicle plus trailer?
And so it goes.
We assume this is still under development as it will be available on the Sierra 1500 Denali “in late model year 2022.” Even that is a bit vague, and brings more questions. Does that mean early to mid 2021 for the “late model year 2022,” or does it mean late in 2022 for the 2022 model year?
I’m not going to lie, as a towing neophyte, Super Cruise while towing kind of freaks me, but I’m also geeking out a bit, too. I can’t wait to try it!
I love Super Cruise technology – when used properly – because it helps humans drive better. But that’s the key, the humans actually need to be driving and not “fake driving” – like texting while their heads are up so the interior cameras think they’re paying attention.
At any rate, I’ll be curious to see this in action, and we’ll see if we can get any more info on the details. Stay tuned.