Friday, 01 October 2021 15:19

GM Halts Super Cruise Rollout

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati


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Tesla Autopilot’s most formidable rival from legacy auto is on a break, with General Motors confirming its flagship driver-assist system, Super Cruise, is unavailable for now.

The culprit behind this is, unsurprisingly, the ongoing semiconductor shortage. 


The halt of Super Cruise’s rollout is unfortunate, especially as it is arguably one of the flagship features of the Cadillac Escalade SUV. Super Cruise is well received, with some car critics even ranking it higher than Tesla’s Autopilot system due to its active driver monitoring systems. 


Yet in a statement Sept. 29 to CNET, a Cadillac spokesperson confirmed Super Cruise is not being released on any of the company’s vehicles for now. It’s not just the Escalade, either, as the Cadillac spokesperson also confirmed the CT4 and CT5---the next two cars expected to receive the advanced driver-assist system---would also not be released with Super Cruise for the current model year. 


“Super Cruise is an important feature for the Cadillac Escalade program," the spokesperson said. "Although it’s temporarily unavailable at the start of regular production due to the industry-wide shortage of semiconductors, we’re confident in our team’s ability to find creative solutions to mitigate the supply chain situation and resume offering the feature for our customers as soon as possible. 


“The semiconductor shortage resulted in us postponing the full launch of Super Cruise in our sedans until model year 2022. Now, the 2022 CT4s and CT5s will be available with Super Cruise in the first half of next year,” the spokesperson said. 


GM has big plans for Super Cruise, though this recent halt seems to be the latest roadblock in the automaker’s efforts for the system’s wide rollout. Prior to its recent announcement...

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