Spied: 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 (or a Sierra) Prototype with a Trailer – Is It Testing the Super Cruise While Towing?

2022 gmc sierra 1500 towing trailer
images: Evan Fontenot

We think this is a 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 testing Super Cruise while towing.

We are not expecting massive changes for the 2022 GMC/Chevy 1500, but these spy shots could show one of these trucks testing Super Cruise while towing. Unfortunately, we did not get any images to confirm or deny a new interior in this prototype truck. TFLtruck recently posted an article about GM’s Super Cruise being available on the 2022 GMC Sierra. It’s possible, using these photos as evidence, that GM is testing Super Cruise under load.

Big thanks to TFLtruck viewer Evan Fontenot for sending us these images!

The trailer in these photos could easily weigh between 5,000 – 9,000 lbs and it resembles trailers TFLtruck has used in the past. A box shape with tandem axles means more drag, which could challenge a semi-autonomous system. We’re not saying that it’s a 100% fact that this truck is testing Super Cruise, but it’s a very good possibility. On top of that, it’s a possibility that the truck featured in these photos is a 3.0-liter diesel.

Why is it a big deal that the 2022 GMC/Chevy 1500 can tow with Super Cruise?

Having the ability to tow in a semi-autonomous fashion could be a game-changer. Think about those long distances when you’re towing valuables, on long highways. Having something like Super Cruise is almost like having an additional copilot. On top of that, it is a great way to maintain efficient, safe driving. If this system is being tested, it will be interesting to see how it corrects trailer sway, uneven loads, and bad environmental conditions.

Super Cruise is a semi-autonomous hands-free driving system. Unlike other semi-autonomous systems that use a few technologies in tandem, Super Cruise uses many technologies. The system uses a combination of LIDAR map data, high-precision GPS, cameras, and radar sensors. It also has a driver attention system that monitors the person behind the wheel to ensure they’re paying attention.

Speaking of GM vehicles equipped with Super Cruise… Here is a new 2021 Cadillac Escalade.

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