General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra addressed the Congress of the Intelligent Transport Society Sunday in Detroit, where she outlined the automaker’s history of innovation and future plans for advanced transportation solutions. The most important takeaway from her remarks was that Cadillac will introduce Super Cruise and vehicle-to-vehicle tech by 2017, but as explained in an intro video, GM had ideas for similar technology as early as the 1950s.
The Firebird II concept explored different design themes and technologies that could advance the automotive landscape. The car designed to travel on Robert Moses’ ‘superhighways’ and would only occupy designated high speed safety lanes. Under certain conditions, it would be able to activate a theoretical fully autonomous mode, technology which is now a reality.
The Firebird II was mentioned by Barra in her ITS speech and was also a key part of the intro video that prefaced it, which is below. GM says the car gave consumers “a view into an exciting future” which with today’s announcement of the introduction V2V and Super Cruise tech, became a reality.