GM's Super Cruise, the automaker's hands-free driving assistance feature, currently only works on highways. But according to one of its leaders (as reported by Autoblog), the company is working to expand its capabilities so that it can also offer a hands-free driving experience on city streets, making it more of a rival to Tesla's autopilot. GM's Vice President of Global Product Development, Doug Parks, announced that a separate team is developing the capacity called "Ultra Cruise" at the Citi 2020 Car of the Future Symposium.
"We are trying to remove this same capacity from the highway. Ultra Cruise would be the entire Super Cruise plus neighborhoods, city streets and subdivisions. The realm of Ultra Cruise would therefore be essentially all the time, all the time, "he said. The executive clarified that Ultra Cruise is not autonomous driving – a driver should always keep an eye on the road and take over when needed. He explained: "What we are not saying is that Ultra Cruise will be fully autonomous 100% of the time, although that may be one of the end games."