The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone XP-74 is well-known in the automotive world for quite a few reasons. It was the last concept car by General Motors design chief Harly Earl, with futuristic design cues that made the Cyclone seem like a car well ahead of its time. A design that could only happen in the ambitious imaginations of The Rocket Age. But looks aren’t the only innovative feature of the concept, as it was even equipped with a radar detecting (like on fighter jets!) crash-avoidance.
That’s right, Cadillac has been working on the safety feature of crash-avoidance for over half a century.
“Hidden inside each one of its black nose cones, or Dagmars, is a radar-based crash-avoidance system. You know, just like the ones stashed in our grilles today. Among its advanced engineering features is a radar-locating device, which scans the highway, and warns the driver electronically of objects in its path,” reads the description on GM’s Heritage Center website. “Large, twin nose cones in the front of the car house the proximity-sensing units. They electronically alert the driver with both an audible signal and a warning light if an object is in its path.”