GM adds hands-free driving on rural roads

Motorists using General Motors’ Super Cruise driver-assistance technology can now go hands-free on more back roads across rural America.

Why it matters: The Super Cruise expansion comes amid pressing questions about the safety of self-driving cars following a series of high-profile incidents, including one in San Francisco that forced GM to ground its fleet of Cruise robotaxis…

What began in 2017 as hands-free driving capability on interstates is now available on up to 750,000 miles of roadways across the U.S. and Canada.
Super Cruise offers the largest hands-free operating zone in North America, GM says, with nearly six times the coverage of rival technologies…

How it works: GM uses high-precision lidar technology to map roadways in the Super Cruise network.

Even if the lines on a rural roadway are faded, Super Cruise-equipped vehicles understand the road and stay in their lane.

It’s a “hands-off, eyes-on” system that requires drivers to pay attention at all times. Various signals and lights alert users when they need to resume control.

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