DETROIT

General Motors CEO Mary Barra unveiled plans Sunday to make driving safer through hands-free technology, after a string of recalls that has dogged the company. GM’s top-of-the-line Cadillac brand will provide a semi-auto pilot mode dubbed “Super Cruise” on certain 2017 model year cars. In the same timeframe, the 2017 Cadillac CTS will feature vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology that allows cars to react to others in intersections and other situations. Barra said the new technology will be available outside the United States. It is also in demand in heavily congested Europe and in China, where accidents are taking an increasingly heavy toll. “We are not doing this for the sake of the technology itself. We’re doing it because it’s what customers around the world want,” she said.

“Through technology and innovation, we will make driving safer.” Super Cruise will offer customers a new type of driving experience that includes hands-free lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions.

The system is designed to increase the comfort of an attentive driver on freeways, both in bumper-to-bumper traffic and on long roadtrips.