But not like K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider. Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication is now a standard feature in the Cadillac CTS.
What is V2V?
V2V is wireless communication between vehicles on the road. Dedicated, Short-Range Communication (DSRC) and GPS. DSRC is something like the near field communication used in modern smartphones. Basically, cars with V2V technology can inform one another of their respective positioning as well as obstacles, road conditions, et cetera. Despite the lazy “2” in the acronym, V2V can theoretically connect many more vehicles simultaneously. The implication is that we’ll soon see roads populated by vehicles that can “see” one another through darkness, fog, buildings, and around corners.
The V2V hardware in the CTS can processes 1,000 inputs per second. And, it has a communicative range of 300 metres. Further, the technology doesn’t rely on cell coverage, so don’t expect any “outages.” Currently, V2V is far from standards. Many automakers don’t even offer vehicle-to-vehicle communication as an available feature. So, the fact that Cadillac is making the feature standard in the CTS right now is pretty impressive.
How Soon Is Now?
Cadillac isn’t even waiting until the next model year. V2V will be available in 2017 CTS interim models currently being produced. Seemingly, it’s all part of Cadillac’s efforts to lead the industry through technology, design, and innovation. Per Richard Brekus, Cadillac global director of Product Strategy, the move is on par with some of the brands other “firsts:” “From the introduction of airbags, to the debut of OnStar, Cadillac continues its heritage of pioneering safety and connectivity advances.”
But it’s not like the CTS needed any modernization. Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist and Rear Vision Camera with dynamic guidelines are already standard features. These tools can be complemented with a suite of available safety technology. Surround Vision’s four cameras give the driver a bird’s-eye view of their vehicle. Forward Collision Alert uses camera technology to warn of forward vehicles approaching too quickly. Its warnings are visual, audible, and tactile, through the Safety Alert Seat. Other safety technology available in the CTS includes:
- Lane Change Alert
- Lane Keep Assist
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Side Blind Zone Alert