The Cadillac CT6 model will be equipped with the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system is going to start at around $71,300. Similarly priced as the entry-level Tesla Model S that has comparable technology. The Super Cruise will be an option on the CT6’s Premium Luxury trim, beginning this fall.
The Premium Luxury trim on the CT6 starts at $66,290, to where the Super Cruise system will come standard on the CT6 platinum model, of which starts at $85,290, a $500 price increase from the 2017 model year. The semiautonomous system is part of an interim model-year addition that Cadillac is calling “2018i,” changing plans from initially being a $2,500 option on the two trim levels to being standard on the top trim level, as a way to better convenience buyer knowledge of the technology.
Cadillac Chief Marketing Officer, Uwe Ellinghaus said, “It is certainly a feature that once you have experienced it, you are totally sold on it and will never want to give it up.” He said Cadillac plans to have more than 900 dealers in their network with the CT6 models with Super Cruise in their courtesy fleet for people to have a chance to experience it. Super Cruise will include Cadillac’s Driver Awareness and Convenience and Enhanced Vision and Comfort packages.
Like many semiautonomous driving systems, the Super Cruise system controls steering, braking, and acceleration in some situations, allowing the driver to take their hands off the wheel and feet off the pedals while driving. In addition to this, Cadillac’s system has added safety features that monitor facial cues and pupils that sense if the driver is not paying enough attention or sleeping, to which it sends an audio/visual alert as a warning.
A key difference in Cadillac’s semiautonomous system is that it doesn’t require a driver to touch the wheel every so often, ensuring the driver is ready to take control of the wheel if there is a complicated driving problem. Instead, it will scan the driver’s eyes through an inferred camera on the steering column. The CT6 also uses precision Lidar map data, so if the driver does not take control after receiving alters to pay attention, the system will pull over and safely stop the car.
We can expect to see the CT6 with the Super Cruise capabilities beginning this fall. The top-end model with the semi-autonomous driving system will compete with the Tesla Model S equipped with Autopilot, starting at $71,200. Can you see yourself behind the wheel of a self-driving Caddy?