gm plans to double super cruise road network

GM announced today that it’s working on updates to its Super Cruise road network, which should begin rolling out via an over-the-air update to enabled vehicles later in the year. The update adds “hundreds of thousands of miles” of additional roads where Super Cruise will function. It will also expand the types of roads to include more than just divided interstate highways.

The hands-free Super Cruise feature works only on select, premapped stretches of road and uses a variety of sensors to maintain vehicle speed, lane position and follow distance without driver input, and more advanced versions are even capable of initiating lane changes. The system also monitors the driver to ensure they’re paying attention and able to intervene if necessary.

With these updates, Super Cruise will now be able to work on both divided and undivided roads. Notable stretches of pavement include parts of Route 66, California Highway 1, U.S. Route 1 and the Trans-Canada Highway.

According to GM, new vehicles and vehicles already equipped with Super Cruise will begin receiving the update later in 2022; the OTA update will come at no charge to owners. GM says it aims to have 22 vehicles in its portfolio equipped with Super Cruise by the end of 2023.

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