Cadillac rolled out its very own vehicle-to-vehicle technology earlier this year, which gives the CTS the ability to communicate with other V2V-equipped cars, but the luxury brand is taking things a step further.
Cadillac announced it has successfully tested a CTS development car with vehicle-to-infrastructure technology (V2I). V2I technology allows a car to essentially “talk” to its environment, which can include alerts surrounding safety, mobility and environment-related conditions up ahead.
For its test, Cadillac successfully implemented V2I technology to let the CTS communicate with traffic signals. The signals were able to communicate with the car and send real-time data to the car via Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC). In turn, this alerted the driver of the signal’s operation and warned the driver he or she may be in danger of running a red light at the current speed.
Of course, this kind of alert can help avoid instances where drivers slam the brakes or abruptly accelerate to avoid such an instance.
Cadillac ensures total privacy with the development of the technology, however. For example, if the driver were to run the red light, the traffic signal can state a vehicle performed the infraction, but it will not record vehicle or drive data such as VIN or registration. In an ever-connected world, privacy is becoming paramount.
One day, cars may not only talk to each other but have conversations with all sorts of equipment and infrastructure. V2V capability is a standard feature on the 2017 Cadillac CTS, but we’ll have to wait awhile longer before we give cars a license to chat with traffic signals with V2I.