No automaker makes a true autonomous driving system, but nobody is closer than General Motors with their Super Cruise system. First introduced on the Cadillac CT6 a few years ago, it’s the only truly hands free system available on the market. Sorry, Tesla Autopilot just ain’t it. Many cars couple adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist for semi-autonomous driver assist, but these systems usually require the driver to put their hands on the wheel after a few seconds. GM’s system takes things further, as they have mapped over 200,000 miles of North American highway to allow hands free driver when the vehicle detects you are paying attention. GM is keen to roll the system out on more of its vehicles, and GMC has just announced the 2022 Sierra 1500 Denali will be one of the first pickup trucks to implement the technology.
Even more groundbreaking is that this iteration of Super Cruise will allow trailering as well. Owners will be able to tow a trailer while driving completely hands free, a hugely impressive feat no other automaker offers. This means the cameras, radar and LiDAR systems will not only take the truck into account, but whatever is being towed behind it. Super Cruise added hands free lane changing to certain Cadillac models this year as well, but it’s unclear if that will make it to the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali or if this specific feature will work when towing.
In addition to the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali, the upcoming GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 will also feature Super Cruise. Other trucks, such as the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, are expected to feature this technology as well.
While the announcement is only confirmed for the GMC Sierra, Super Cruise’s trademark green steering wheel LED strip was spotted in spy shots of a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado tester this fall. With GMC’s announcement, we can assume Super Cruise will make its way to the Silverado too, but likely in only higher trim levels equivalent to Denali.
Other updates for the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will mainly be seen in the interior. The pair will gain interiors similar to high-end Tahoe/Suburban and Yukon SUVs. In fact, the teaser for the Sierra’s Super Cruise system gives a little more away: the instrument cluster and glimpse of dashboard seen in the picture is different than the current interior.
Ford, meanwhile, announced their own Super Cruise-rivaling autonomous drive system will be available on the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 in 2021. Ford makes no mention of their system, called Active Drive Assist, working with trailers or not, which could be a drawback for some owners. But Ford is offering Active Drive Assist as standard on top-spec Limited models, and optional on several other trim levels, bringing the system to more models than it appear GM will.