Santa Claus may only work one day a year, but it sure is a full day. Not only does he have gifts to deliver to every single child in the Christmas-celebrating world, he must rely on a sleigh with aging technology to get him around the globe.
This Christmas, we’ve thought of a handful of ways Santa’s sleigh could be improved using solely General Motors technology. The American automaker has all sorts of modern safety and infotainment tech that could be used to expedite Santa’s gift delivery process and also keep the big man safe while on his journey, so let’s take a look at some that we think would be the most useful.
OnStar w/ 4G LTE
It goes without saying that Santa would benefit from OnStar. It’s probably easy to get lost whilst flying a sleigh around the globe, so Santa could radio OnStar for some navigational updates from NORAD. Also, if anything went wrong on his journey, this would also give him a direct line of communication with a representative that could help him out or connect him with the North Pole.
Safety Alert Seat
Flying a sleigh seems dangerous, but it could be made a little bit safer by implementing GM’s Safety Alert Seat. This technology works by vibrating the driver’s seat cushion if a crash risk is detected. This is superior to an audio tone, as modern day vehicles beep at the driver for all sorts of reasons, so the vibration is more of a clear message that a crash may be imminent. It’s probably pretty loud on Santa’s sleigh, what with the wind turbulence and all, so we think the safety alert seat would be right at home in his sleigh.
Automatic Park Assist
We imagine one of the hardest parts about being Santa Clause is trying to land the sleigh on the roofs of houses. That’s where Automatic Park Assist would come in, though, automatically parking Santa’s sleigh on the roof and reducing St. Nick’s stress levels considerably. We imagine the technology would have to be tweaked to find the ideal way to park on a sloped roof, but Santa and his elves always find a way, right?
Enhanced Night Vision
It’s probably pretty dark on Santa’s sleigh as he flies around the world at night delivering gifts. GM’s Enhanced Night Vision technology would therefore be a perfect fit on the sleigh, providing him with an infrared night vision image of the area in front of him. Enhanced Night Vision is a technology limited to the Cadillac CT6 only, but Santa’s sleigh is deserving of even the most high-end GM safety tech.
360 Degree Surround Vision Camera
Building on the benefits offered by Automatic Park Assist and Enhanced Night Vision is the 360 Degree Surround Vision Camera. Santa could use this technology to ensure nothing is in the way of his sleigh when landing or taking off. The last thing he needs is to knock someone’s chimney off their roof while trying to park his sleigh.
Let us know what other GM technology you think Santa could use to keep him safe or speed up the gift delivery process in the comments down below.