We’re merely seeing the tip of the iceberg surrounding vehicle communications, connectivity and, ultimately, autonomy. However, Cadillac is laying the groundwork today as the brand announced the 2017 Cadillac CTS would arrive with standard V2V (Vehicle to Vehicle) technology.
V2V technology essentially allows the vehicle to not only see what’s ahead before the driver but allows vehicles also equipped with V2V technology to communicate with each other. The technology is powered by a Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) and GPS, which can handle 1,000 messages per second from vehicles up to nearly 1,000 feet away, according to Cadillac.
For example, in this scenario, the 2017 CTS pulls up to an intersection. V2V scans the surrounding area for other vehicles to “talk” to, while tracking their positions, directions and speeds. If it encounters any, the other vehicle may also warn and alert the driver to potential hazards ahead.
These alerts will be completely managed through Cadillac’s next generation CUE system, which will also arrive first on the 2017 CTS. The driver may customize the alerts to their liking and show them in the instrument cluster or heads-up display.
To be clear, V2V technology must encounter other V2V-equipped cars to work, meaning the technology isn’t at its peak just yet. However, when V2V does become commonplace, it will create an ad hoc network for vehicle communication without the need for sight lines.
So, yes, one day, your Cadillac will be having a digital conversation with the other vehicles around it. Today is just the beginning, humans.