December 16, 2019 News Magazine

With the 2020 Cadillac CT4, GM begins to expand its hands-free Super Cruise driving system

GM’s high-end brand unveiled Thursday the 2020 Cadillac CT4, a sporty and small sedan that is designed and priced to attract younger buyers looking to enter into the luxury car market.

The vehicle’s debut also marks an important expansion for GM’s hands-free driver assistance system, Super Cruise. The hands-free driving system has been lauded for its capabilities; it’s also been criticized because of its severe limitations. Today, Super Cruise is available in just one Cadillac model, the full-size CT6 sedan. And even in the CT6, the system is restricted to certain highways.

Super Cruise uses a combination of lidar map data, high-precision GPS, cameras and radar sensors, as well as a driver attention system, which monitors the person behind the wheel to ensure they’re paying attention. Unlike Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system, users of Super Cruise do not need to have their hands on the wheel. However, their eyes must remain directed straight ahead.

GM is finally starting to expand where the system can be used and bringing it to more models. Earlier this year, the company said it will add another 70,000 miles of compatible divided highways in the United States and Canada to the existing system via a software update. By the end of the year, Super Cruise will be available on more than 200,000 miles of highways.

The automaker plans to bring SuperCruise to other GM brands such as Chevrolet, GMC and Buick after 2020.

The expansion follows other improvements rolled out in 2018, including adding a dynamic lane offset so that a CT6 with Super Cruise activated can adjust slightly over in its lane for driver comfort when passing large vehicles. Gauge cluster messages were also added, to inform drivers why Super Cruise may not be available in certain instances.

Super Cruise isn’t the only feature of note in the 2020 Cadillac CT4 model. Cadillac is offering the CT4 in a few trim levels, all of which will have turbo engines. The standard version will have a an eight-speed transmission and a 2.0 turbo-4 engine that generates 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The CT4-V, and the premium luxury version the CT4, have a 2.7-liter turbo-4 engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The CT4 will come with unique grilles and bright exterior accents to distinguish the CT4 luxury and premium luxury models. The Sport and V-Series models are differentiated by darker accents and “performance-inspired” details, including unique grilles, fascias, rocker extensions, rear spoiler and exclusive performance design wheels, Cadillac said.

Every version of the CT4 will have LED exterior lighting including headlamps, tail lamps and signature vertical lights at all four corners.

Cadillac 2020 CT4 Sport 023

The interior of the 2020 Cadillac CT4.

Inside the car, drivers will find an 8-inch touchscreen that is mounted prominently in the center of the instrument panel. GM’s new digital platform, which can handle over-the-air software updates, is integrated into the CT4 as well.

“We developed CT4 to appeal to youthful buyers in the luxury market who may be new to the Cadillac brand,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. “The vehicle was intended to draw attention, using a combination of great proportions, taught surfacing and Cadillac family details that hint at the athletic driving experience this vehicle offers.”


Source: TechCrunch

Tags: in Uncategorized
Banner
Related Posts

Crypto exchange Binance prepares to add margin trading ‘soon’

May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019

Binance, the world’s most prominent crypto exchange, says it is close to adding a much-anticipated margin trading feature to its...

Camp Grounded Digital Detox returns after founder’s death

November 21, 2019

November 21, 2019

Summer camp for adults and beloved tech-free weekend getaway Camp Grounded ground to a halt in 2017. Its big-hearted founder...

This startup wants to democratize custom sneaker ownership

August 5, 2019

August 5, 2019

There’s nothing like having a pair of fresh, unique sneakers. Limited release culture facilitates some of that, but The Custom...

Drift CEO shares insights from 20+ years of startup experience

October 22, 2019

October 22, 2019

Why do serial entrepreneurs keep jumping back in? What things might you learn the third, fourth, or fifth time around?...

Say hello to Microsoft’s new HoloLens with twice the field of view

February 24, 2019

February 24, 2019

Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its HoloLens ‘mixed reality’ headset at MWC Barcelona today. The new HoloLens 2 features...

Arweave’s Permaweb blockchain can host sites & apps forever

November 5, 2019

November 5, 2019

What if you could pay now to store something online permanently? You could preserve a website against censorship, save legal...

There’s an ocean of opportunity for startups targeting the seafood industry

September 5, 2019

September 5, 2019

Monica Jain Contributor Share on Twitter Monica Jain is the founder of Fish 2.0. Seafood has blown past its iceberg...

Scooter startup Bird tried to silence a journalist. It did not go well.

January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019

Cory Doctorow doesn’t like censorship. He especially doesn’t like his own work being censored. Anyone who knows Doctorow knows his...

SeeTree raises $11.5M to help farmers manage their orchards

January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019

SeeTree, a Tel Aviv-based startup that uses drones and artificial intelligence to bring precision agriculture to their groves, today announced...

Herschel’s Retreat brings classical simplicity to the laptop backpack

August 22, 2019

August 22, 2019

It’s finally Bag Week again! The most wonderful week of the year at TechCrunch. Just in time for back to school, we’re...

Why AWS is selling a MIDI keyboard to teach machine learning

December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019

Earlier this week, AWS launched DeepComposer, a set of web-based tools for learning about AI to make music and a...

Koala-sensing drone helps keep tabs on drop bear numbers

March 2, 2019

March 2, 2019

It’s obviously important to Australians to make sure their koala population is closely tracked — but how can you do...

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover rests on its own six wheels for the first time

October 25, 2019

October 25, 2019

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will have to operate on its own in a harsh environment, hundred of millions of miles...

Move over Slack — Space is a new project management platform for developers

December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019

While file sharing, time tracking, email integration, Gantt Charts, and budget management are usually some of the most requested features...

Muy raises $15M to grow its new cloud kitchen concept

October 30, 2019

October 30, 2019

The cloud kitchen craze has reached Latin America. Food tech startup called Muy landed a fresh $15 million Series B...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *