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GM delays semi-driverless Super Cruise technology

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. has confirmed a delay in the planned introduction of its semi-automated Super Cruise feature on the Cadillac CT6 by at least a few months.

“Super Cruise breaks new ground with true hands-free capability for the highway and will be introduced in 2017,” the company said in a statement. “Getting the technology right and doing it safely is most important, so the exact month of introduction cannot be announced at this time.”

GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra in September 2014 announced GM’s Super Cruise technology, which will allow a driver to take hands off the steering wheel and foot off the pedals while driving on a highway, would hit showrooms in about two years.

The carmaker on Wednesday did not provide details on the reason for the deployment delay on the driver-assist technology. GM has said the technology would work on highways at full speed or in stop-and-go traffic.

As recently as the past few weeks, GM had said Super Cruise would be available on the 2017 Cadillac CT6; the automaker in October confirmed the model year and vehicle for the first Super Cruise deployment.

The company has been developing the technology for years. In early 2012, GM demonstrated it for the media at its Milford Proving Ground.

The 2016 CT6 luxury sedan is set to begin production soon at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant.

It’s not now clear if Super Cruise will end up on a 2017 Cadillac CT6 or on a 2018 model. That will depend on when GM opts to make it available and when the model year rollouts are scheduled.

The Super Cruise technology likely will be available as part of a top-of-the-line tech package for the CT6 and likely would not be sold in big volumes initially.

Automotive News earlier reported on the delay.

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