Enhancing Safety Technology
Earlier this year, Cadillac officially announced it would be adding V2V Safety Technology to the 2017 Cadillac CTS sedan. V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) is a communication technology that will allow vehicles to actually communicate with one another, enhancing active safety technologies and paving the way for self-driving cars.
According to Cadillac, the V2V safety technology uses Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) combined with GPS in order to communicate with vehicles up to 1,000 feet away, using 1,000 messages per second.
Richard Brekus, the global director of Product Strategy at Cadillac, explains the technology and its place in the progression of vehicle safety: “From the introduction of air bags, to the debut of OnStar, Cadillac continues its heritage of pioneering safety and connectivity advances. V2V essentially enables the car to sense around corners. Connecting vehicles through V2V holds tremendous potential, as this technology enables the car to acquire and analyze information outside the bounds of the driver’s field of vision. As an early mover, we look forward to seeing its benefit multiply as more V2V-equipped vehicles hit the road.”
This move is a game changer for Cadillac drivers and those they share the road with. The technology can alert drivers to dangers they can’t see, giving them more time to react, whether it’s to brake, speed up, move over, or turn around. Drivers are even able to customize the alerts to best serve them, using the next-gen Cadillac user experience infotainment system.
The only shortcoming of the technology is that only vehicles that have the V2V communication system can actually communicate with one another. The more models that take to the streets with this technology, then, the closer we’ll be to a world of connected cars.
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