View of the 2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate from a front quarter angleGM will roll out an update that doubles the reach of the Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance system starting this month.

We’ve known since August that an update is coming. But an announcement this week tells us that full-size SUV drivers can expect to get it first.

Driving assistance, not self-driving

Super Cruise is not an independent drive system. It allows drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel on pre-selected highways. But they must remain alert and ready to take command at any moment. Cameras inside the car monitor the driver and shut down the system if the driver’s attention strays from the road.

Super Cruise operates approximately 200,000 miles of pre-designated highway. General Motors announced this summer that it has completed mapping approximately 200,000 additional miles in the United States and Canada and will add those routes to the system soon.

Big SUV Get It First

The new maps will be rolling out as an over-the-air software update beginning this week, GM says, for the following vehicles:

Other Super-Cruise-equipped vehicles will get it later, including the Cadillac CT4 and CT5, GMC Hummer EV and GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado trucks.

A recent study warned that many drivers are starting to treat systems like Super Cruise as self-driving technology. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that 53% of Super Cruise users were comfortable eating, texting, and doing other tasks that caught their eye from the road while the system was running.

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