Photo of the start of the hands-free drive event courtesy of Cadillac.
Cadillac CT6 sedans equipped with a new semi-autonomous driving mode called Super Cruise began heading from New York City to Los Angeles on a drive the General Motors unit says is the first of its kind.
The 12 CT6 sedans will travel on limited access divided freeways during a cross-country drive to demonstrate the "hands-free driving system," according to Cadillac, which will offer Super Cruise in the 2018 CT6. The vehicles will roll through 16 states and the District of Columbia.
Cadillac has been granted an automated vehicles testing license under a new law championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul participated in the launch of the drive, by riding in the passenger seat of a CT6 with Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac's president. The vehicles were accompanied by a police escort at the start of the drive.
Super Cruise utilizes two advanced technology systems, including a driver attention system and precision LiDAR map data.
The CT6 vehicles will make stops in major U.S. cities, including Cleveland, Chicago, Memphis, Dallas, Santa Fe, and Phoenix. There are 130,000 miles of limited access, divided freeways in the U.S.