Cadillac’s new semi-autonomous luxury sedans hit the road from Manhattan to Los Angeles – NYDailyNews.com
Look ma, no hands!
To show off its latest technology, Cadillac launched a hands-free cross-country drive out of New York City on Monday. Twelve CT6 sedans, armed with “Super Cruise” automation, began the promotional trek from Cadillac House in lower Manhattan to Los Angeles, Ca. But these aren’t robot cars. Drivers will be at the helm and keep their eyes on the road.
The cars use cameras and sensors to direct its machinery. It also relies on high-tech LiDAR (light detection and ranging) map data, which Cadillac says has charted “every limited-access highway in the U.S. and Canada.” The car unleashes a series of warnings if it picks up the driver spacing out or away from the seat and can even stop the vehicle if necessary.
The hands-free technology is limited to highways and some of their ramps. Still, the vehicles will drive through 16 states, plus the District of Columbia, making stops at major cities to tout the high-tech tools.
The Super Cruise system costs $2,500 on top of the $66,290 base price. Drivers also must buy the $3,100 driver assist technology. The publicity drive marks the first time that Super Cruise technology will be used on New York City highways. Cadillac was granted a special license under a new law pushed by Gov. Cuomo.
“Cadillac is setting new industry standards with ground-breaking driver assistance technologies like Super Cruise,” said Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen.