Here in North America, we have a long tradition of valuing personal transportation. The expectation of being able to go where we want when we want without adhering to public transit routes or timetables, needing to schedule time in a shared vehicle, or waiting for the arrival of a taxi or Uber driver is deeply ingrained.
But the notion of being able to embark on a trip in a personal transportation device without actively controlling the accelerator, brakes or steering is indeed something new. We’re not talking about hopping in a car sans steering wheel and foot pedals, punching in a destination address, and binge-watching "Game of Thrones" or playing video games until you arrive — yet. Cadillac’s Super Cruise, available on its flagship CT6 full-size sedan, requires that the driver watches the road and remains ready to retake control at a moment’s notice. In fact, the semi-automated Level 2 features of the system cannot be engaged until the car is already being driven down the road under human guidance and meeting a set of preconditions. Still, Super Cruise is a pretty remarkable achievement and one of the best systems available on the market today.