HOW TO EXPERIENCE HANDS-FREE DRIVING WITH SUPER CRUISE
From the daily commute to a cross-country adventure, driving can take a lot out of a person.
That’s where Super Cruise™† (Limited Availability) can help take out some of the stress of stop-and-go traffic or a long day of being on-the-go on compatible roadways and with your eyes on the road. Super Cruise is the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance technology for compatible roads and functions with GMC Connected Services†. It will be available for the new 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali (available Spring of 2022) and standard for the Sierra Denali Ultimate (available Spring of 2022), the most advanced and luxurious pickup in its class†. Both include up to three years of access to Super Cruise functionality.
With Super Cruise, drivers can travel hands-free on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads in the U.S. and Canada. And with Sierra Denali and Denali Ultimate, Super Cruise will have the added conveniences of Lane Change on Demand and Automatic Lane Change†. Drivers can even use the trucks’ Super Cruise feature to tow† a trailer (Lane Change on Demand and Automatic Lane Change not available while trailering).
See how easy it is to give your hands a rest with Super Cruise, and the new Sierra Denali and Denali Ultimate.
With 200,000 miles and counting of compatible highways in the U.S. and Canada, there are plenty of regions where attentive drivers can take advantage of Super Cruise.
The system uses a data connection from GMC Connected Services for real-time precise positioning and periodic Super Cruise map updates. The vehicle’s cameras, sensors and LiDAR map data are used to help the driver stay centered in their lane while driving hands-free. This helps detect road positioning, curves, current travel speed and surrounding vehicles. Adaptive Cruise Control† operates the vehicle’s acceleration and braking when Super Cruise is enabled. This allows the vehicle to maintain a driver-selected following gap.
Inside the cabin is a Driver Attention System consisting of a camera integrated on top of the steering column and infrared emitters integrated into the steering wheel. These components help ensure the driver is paying attention.
There’s no trick to using Super Cruise if all the required conditions are met.
To start, a driver must already be using Adaptive Cruise Control.
A Super Cruise symbol will display on the instrument cluster if a compatible road is detected. The driver can then press the Super Cruise button on the steering wheel when it is safe to do so. Once the Super Cruise symbol and light bar on the steering wheel turn green, and the vehicle is centered in the lane, the driver can remove their hands from the wheel.
Drivers must always pay attention to the road while using Super Cruise. Otherwise the Driver Attention System will initiate three separate prompts until the driver returns their attention to the road.
- First Prompt: The light bar on the steering wheel will begin flashing green to alert the driver to return attention back to the road.
- Second Prompt: The steering wheel light bar will flash red until the driver firmly takes hold of the steering wheel. In addition, chimes will sound, and the Safety Alert Seat will vibrate. The vehicle’s acceleration will disengage, but Adaptive Cruise Control will remain functioning.
- Third Prompt: A voice will inform the driver to take control immediately of the steering wheel if the light bar continues to flash red. If the driver doesn’t take immediate control, the system will slow the vehicle and bring it to a complete stop in the lane of travel. An Emergency-Certified OnStar Advisor† will call into the vehicle to check on the driver. Super Cruise and Adaptive Cruise Control will also be disengaged until the next ignition cycle.
Sometimes even the shortest trips behind the wheel of a vehicle require preparation, whether that’s having a full tank of fuel or the best possible route. That’s why drivers have a convenient way to plan for hands-free driving on Super Cruise compatible roads by using Google Maps™ on the new multicolor 13.4-inch diagonal touch-screen and GMC Infotainment System† equipped with available Google built-in†.
Super Cruise-compatible roadways will appear as part of the route overview on the touch-screen and will be distinguished in a white highlight.
The white line will disappear once a driver has selected a route and the view on the touch-screen is showing the route as active. Drivers need only select the Alternate Routes Overview on the touch-screen to switch views and find a Super Cruise compatible road. In addition, the new large touch-screen allows for a wide range of screen combination and reconfigurability.
It’s not just curves and travel speed that Super Cruise is capable of handling for the Sierra Denali and Denali Ultimate.
Drivers can also let Super Cruise do the work of changing lanes when traveling on a compatible road.
For example, if the vehicle is traveling on a divided freeway at a set speed of 65–70 mph and is behind someone traveling 60 mph, the system’s Automatic Lane Change when enabled will look for an opening once the following gap is shortened. If a suitable opening is detected, Super Cruise will automatically initiate the turn signal and change lanes without the driver doing anything other than paying attention to the road.
If no opening is detected, Super Cruise will slow the vehicle to a minimum gap distance until an opening is found.
Drivers can also opt to use the turn signal for Lane Change on Demand. When the turn signal is activated by the driver, the system will look for an acceptable opening in the desired lane and alert other vehicles that a lane change is imminent. The vehicle will change into the desired lane if an opening is detected. If the lane is unavailable, the driver will be notified that changing into a lane must be completed manually. The system will display messages like “looking for an opening” or “changing lanes.”
When a driver initiates a manual lane change, they need only take control of the wheel. The light bar on the steering wheel will automatically change color from green to blue. Once the maneuver is completed, the driver can remove their hands from the wheel once the vehicle is centered in the lane and the steering wheel light bar turns green.
There are certain expectations drivers have for GMC pickup trucks when it comes to the latest in technology and professional-grade capability.
That’s why Super Cruise has been enhanced for the new Sierra Denali and Denali Ultimate to function while trailering. The technology is compatible with trailers up to the allowable weight limits of both trucks (Lane Change on Demand and Automatic Lane Change are not available while trailering).
In addition, the new Denali and Denali Ultimate have a powertrain lineup that will be ready for work or play. The 3.0L Duramax® Turbo-Diesel engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission will be available for both trims. This powerful and efficient diesel has best-in-class 277 diesel horsepower†. Its 460 lb.-ft. of torque, meanwhile, offers plenty of pulling strength. There’s also the 6.2 L V8, which will be standard for Denali Ultimate and available for Denali. This powertrain is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and will offer 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque.
So whether it’s pulling a utility trailer for a home project or an RV for a camping trip, drivers not only have plenty of power under the hood but can let Super Cruise give their hands a rest while keeping their eyes on the road.
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With the ability to log miles with ease and convenience, Super Cruise will take any commute or road trip to a whole new level.
Visit the Super Cruise page to learn more about how this true hands-free driver-assistance technology can be used on compatible roadways.