There are several automakers out there right now that offer driver-assist systems in their vehicles that are similar in some ways to Tesla’s Autopilot. No one has come close to matching Tesla when it comes to driver assistance software, but General Motors (GM) is going to try with some new features to Super Cruise that will be released later this year.
The new features will first appear in the 2021 Cadillac CT5 and CT4 sedans, and will eventually make its way into the next-generation Cadillac Escalade according to CNBC. With the newest software, Super Cruise will be able to change lanes, something that Autopilot has offered for several years now.
In addition to the lane changes, chief engineer of Super Cruise Mario Maiorana says the update will make Super Cruise more intuitive with improvements to the user interface and hands-free driving dynamics.
To initiate a lane change, the driver can either fully latch of tap the turn signal to indicate they would like to change lanes. After that is done, the system will ensure there is an acceptable opening before changing lanes.
No details have been released if current vehicles equipped with Super Cruise will be able to receive the update, and if they are how much it will cost. Tesla’s are well-known for their frequent free software updates which continuously improve the vehicle over time.