May 27, 2022

GM’s Super Cruise will learn two new tricks this summer. On Tuesday, GM announced that the driver-assistance system will offer eligible owners automatic lane-shifting and towing capabilities.

Owners of the 2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 will have the option to buy the automatic lane change option, while owners of the 2021 Escalade will get a tow option that lets you tow the SUV without touching the steering wheel. The company estimates that around 12,000 CT4s, 5s and Escalades are eligible for a paid upgrade. “Eligible customers will be notified by Cadillac of pricing and how to purchase and install these new upgrades in the near future,” a GM Engadget spokesman said via email.

Found in various GM products including the new Hummer EV, Super Cruise is a Level 2 system in the sense that it is supported by the driver and is not fully autonomous. It uses a combination of LiDAR maps, GPS, visual cameras and radar sensors to navigate traffic. GM originally announced these new features in 2020, but the COVID pandemic and global processor shortages have prevented their rollout.

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Engadget.

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