Cadillac has revealed it will begin offering Super Cruise and vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies on the 2017 model year CTS mid-size sedan and the upcoming Omega-based full-size ‘LTS’ flagship sedan.
Super Cruise is the working name for General Motors’ new automated driving system. The technology will allow for hands-off lane following and automatic braking and speed control during highway driving. Cadillac says the system is “designed to increase the comfort of an attentive driver on freeways, both in bumper-to-bumper traffic and on long road trips.”
The tech should help the LTS flagship compete with offerings from other brands. Systems similar to Super Cruise have already been implemented on competing models, such as the Active Lane Control feature in the Infiniti Q50 and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class’ Autonomous Long-Distance Drive system. Interestingly, the LTS is set to hit Cadillac dealerships late next year as a 2016 model, meaning the tech will not be ready in time for the first year of production.
“A tide of innovation has invigorated the global auto industry, and we are taking these giant leaps forward to remain a leader of new technology,” GM CEO Mary Barra said. “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. Through technology and innovation, we will make driving safer.”
The V2V technology will send basic safety information like as location, speed and direction of travel between vehicles approaching each other. The system will help reduce traffic collisions and could even improve traffic congestion once widely implemented.
“Advancing technology so that people can more safely live their lives is a responsibility we embrace,” Barra added.