Cadillac's Super Cruise provides a glimpse into the self-driving future today Page 3

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Works as advertised

In my two days of driving, I learned the system works 100 percent as advertised. In fact, it took quite a bit of effort to find a way to text or play on Facebook while behind the wheel. The camera watching your eyes can tell when you are trying to trick it. You essentially need to flick your eyes back onto the road every few seconds for a few seconds, making it somewhat of a hassle to text or play on your phone.

Think you can trick the camera with your polarized sunglasses? Think again. Cadillac says the steering column-mounted camera can see through sunglasses, and indeed it saw through my polarized Ray Bans. It was able to tell if my eyes were off the road or shut within 5.48 seconds. I timed it.

In more than 17 hours of driving the CT6 with Super Cruise, the system never failed to perform under the correct operating conditions when being used properly. And that’s the key: You need to use it within its operating conditions and know its limits. It's an excellent Level 2 system, but nothing more.

Cadillac Super Cruise

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The wheel deal?

The main differentiators between Super Cruise and what other automakers are offering today are the mapped LiDAR data and the driver attention system. It’s clear that Cadillac has baked in a ton of safety into this setup, and it makes it even more apparent how fast and loose Tesla’s been playing with its Autopilot system, which has poorly-designed safeguards for its self-driving features that simply invite users to misuse and abuse the system putting themselves and others on the road at risk.

With every other system on the market today you must keep a hand on the steering wheel within certain intervals, and some require some sort of pressure or torque/resistance to show even further proof that you are present.

Cadillac’s Super Cruise doesn’t need that. I went hours without touching the steering wheel or pedals. I only had to brake for construction zones or to get off the highway.

Every 2018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum comes standard with Super Cruise, and it's part of a $5,000 package on Premium Luxury models.

Without a question, Cadillac’s delivered on its promise of hands-free driving.

We don’t have flying cars yet, or even self-driving cars, but suddenly having to touch the steering wheel or manage the throttle in rush-hour traffic or on a long road trip seems absolutely archaic.

Cadillac provided travel and lodging to Internet Brands Automotive to bring you this firsthand report.


 
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