GM to Double the Super Cruise Network in U.S. and Canada
General Motors (GM) is increasing where drivers in North America can use the automaker’s hands-free driving assistance system Super Cruise, creating twice as many highways on which the feature can be used.
GM will double its Super Cruise map where the hands-free system can operate, covering around 400,000 miles of the U.S. and Canada, announced the automaker on Wednesday.
Super Cruise will be available for about 400,000 miles on divided highways including interstates and federal and state routes across North America.
Notable expansions of Super Cruise include: The Mother Road – U.S. Route 66; Pacific Coast Highway – CA Route 1; Overseas Highway – U.S. Route 1; Trans-Canada Highway.
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Previously, GM offered 200,000 miles of operable highway for Super Cruise, before announcing plans to expand this network.
The network expansion is set to take place in Super Cruise-enabled vehicles in the fourth quarter, and the software will be delivered using a free over-the-air update for customers with 2021 or 2022 GM models.
“GM is all in when it comes to accessible advanced driver assistance technology. We are adding Super Cruise to more vehicles than ever, and on more roads for more customers to experience,” said Mario Maiorana, GM chief engineer, Super Cruise, in a statement. “We are pursuing what we believe to be the most comprehensive path to autonomy in the industry with responsible deployment of automated driving technology like Super Cruise at the core of what we do.”
To date, GM says customers have driven over 34 million miles with Super Cruise engaged.
Last week, GM revealed Cruise lost $500 million in Q2 2022 and since 2018, has lost close to $5 billion on the venture, according to Reuters.
GM and Ford applied for approval for self-driving cars without steering wheels last month, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be the agency to approve or deny the request.