The 2018 Cadillac XT5

The 2018 Cadillac XT5

2018 Cadillac XT5

The 2018 Cadillac XT5 is certain to be one of Cadillac’s best-selling vehicles. The demand for capable and stylish crossovers (which the XT5 undoubtedly is) continues to grow. That also means the small SUV market is a crowded field. So, how does this one stand out? Obviously, it’s beautifully styled and remarkably comfortably. I don’t need to elaborate – it’s a Cadillac. But what even diehard Cadillac fans will find surprising is the offering an astounding amount of features that come standard in every XT5.

Refined

An eight-speaker Bose audio system is now standard. It includes Bose Active Noise Cancellation that emits negative waves to nullify the sound of the wind, road, and engine. Even on the highway, your music is clear and sharp without dialling up the volume to harmful levels. And you can even upgrade to the Bose Centerpoint audio system with 14 speakers for a concert-like music experience.

But that’s not the only impressive tech that Cadillac has included. A wireless charging pad eliminates the hassle of wires usually associated with smartphone charging. You just set your device on the pad, and it will charge as you drive. Plus, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can control your music and apps with natural voice commands. And with 4G LTE WiFi, you can stay connected on the go with multiple devices. Oh, and all of these features are standard on the base model XT5.

Power, too

At the risk of offending some buyers, I will say that most choose the XT5 for its style, flexibility, and elevated comfort. In other words, they do not buy the XT5 for its performance. Nevertheless, the 2018 XT5 is a genuine thrill to drive. While an increasing number of manufacturers are starving their crossovers with turbocharged 4-cylinders, it’s nice to see Cadillac offering a standard 3.6L V6 engine. It’s good for 310 horsepower and pairs exceptionally well with the smooth eight-speed automatic transmission.

Smart & Confident

The 2018 XT5 will offer an available Rear Camera Mirror. Unlike typical rearview mirrors, the Rear Camera Mirror does not simply reflect an image of a vehicle’s rear window. Instead, it uses a camera on the rear of your XT5 to display a live HD image of the road behind you. Why? Because this increases your field of view by roughly 300%. Obstacles like passengers’ heads, headrests, and vehicle pillars are removed from the equation entirely. The result is a much safer and more useful rearview mirror.

If that’s not good enough, you can also add Surround Vision. Surround Vision uses cameras on each side of the vehicle to build an overhead, 360-degree view of your surrounding. It becomes active automatically when you’re driving at low speeds or in reverse. It’s particularly useful for navigating parking lots. While the XT5 is naturally quite agile, it has blind spots like any vehicle, so the extra awareness can’t hurt.

The X(T5) Factor

While Cadillac offers tons of these remarkable available features, it’s frankly going to be difficult to convince buyers not to stick with the standard trim. The base model of the 2018 Cadillac XT5 comes with so many features that other automakers charge extra for (you can even add All-Wheel Drive to the base model). Here is just some of the XT5’s standard equipment.

  • 3.6L V6 direct-injection 310-hp engine and 271 lb.-ft. Torque
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 18″ blade silver painted aluminum wheels
  • Bose® 8-speaker premium audio system
  • OnStar® 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi
  • Wireless Charging
  • Rear Vision Camera & Rear Park Assist
  • Rear power liftgate with memory height
  • Keyless Access, Passive Entry and Push-Button Start
  • Handcrafted cut-and-sewn interior
  • Okapi deco wood trim

The 2018 XT5 is now available at Capital Cadillac. Stop by and test drive one today.

 

2017 Cadillac Escalade: The King of SUVs at Capital Cadillac

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade touts itself as the King of SUVs. Is it worthy of the mantle?

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade.

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade

The standard engine is a 6.2L VVT V8 engine with 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. f torque. In fact, that’s the only engine available in the Escalade and it’s more than adequate for any task you might throw at it. To help you control all of that power, there are some important standard features. Surround Vision is a four-camera system that combines to create a bird’s eye view of your Escalade and its surroundings. Seeing your vehicle top down makes it easy to maneuver in tight parking lots. Additionally, Automatic Park Assist is standard, too. Your Escalade can locate parking spots big enough to accommodate it, and steer you in automatically.

Fit for a King?

As you might expect, the Cadillac Escalade is also packed with tons of comfort, convenience, and entertainment features. OnStar 4G LTE WIFi, Wireless Charging, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Heated, leather steering wheel are all standard. 16-speaker, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound audio is also standard. The setup delivers breathtaking sound quality and volume for every passenger in the Escalade’s expansive cabin. There’s also Bose Active Noise Cancellation which emits negative sound waves to counteract any distracting engine or road noise. As a result, you can certain you’ll only hear what you want to hear, even when driving at speed.

The array of standard features in the 2017 Cadillac Escalade is pretty impressive – and it should be with a starting MSRP of $85,010. But Cadillac also offers three trim levels above the base model. First is the Escalade luxury, then Premium and Platinum.

Escalade Luxury (MSRP: $91,475)

Notable features include:

  • 22” wheels with chrome inserts
  • Driver Awareness Package with Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Full Colour HUD

Escalade Premium (MSRP: $96,390)

Notable features include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control and full-speed Front and Rear Automatic Braking
  • Front LED cornering lamps
  • Third-row 9” entertainment screens
  • Selectable Four-Wheel Drive

Escalade Platinum (MSRP: $107,305)

Notable features include:

  • Premium semi-aniline and Mulan leather seating
  • Sueded-microfibre headliner
  • 18-way, power seats
  • Unique chrome grille
  • 22” premium painted wheels with chrome inserts

Arguably, in 2017, the Escalade is better than ever. Predictably, Cadillac’s full-sized SUV is confident on the road and remarkably comfortable on the inside. The King of SUVs is sleek, stately, and unmistakable on Canadian highways.

Cadillac Super Cruise

Have you heard of adaptive cruise control? Well, Cadillac has already made it outdated.

Cadillac Super Cruise will be introduced in 2017.

What is Adaptive Cruise Control?

Adaptive cruise control reduces your cruising speed when there is a vehicle in front of you. Once the road is clear, the CT6 returns to cruising speed.

What is Super Cruise?

Super Cruise is a semi-autonomous (drivers will be prompted to retake control of the vehicle when approaching turns) system with “full-speed range adaptive cruise control and lane centering, using cameras and other sensors to automatically steer and brake.” Basically, you set a speed on the highway and your CT6 will keep you in the center of your lane, a safe distance from surrounding vehicles. Like most adaptive cruise systems, Super Cruise will use cameras, GPS, and radar technology as a foundation. But the system is much more sophisticated than that.

LiDAR

According to Cadillac, “Data from on-board cameras, GPS and radar sensors is a key component [but Super Cruise] adds to this formula using advanced laser technology in development for future autonomous vehicles: a LiDAR-scanned map database.” LiDAR (light detection and ranging) is a surveying tool that measures distance to a target by illuminating it with a pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected light. The confluence of all these tools results in one of the most accurate and responsive autonomous systems the industry has seen. And the innovation doesn’t stop there.

Super Snooze

Barry Walkup, Super Cruise chief engineer says, “When we were developing Super Cruise™ we knew it was important to keep the driver engaged during operation. That’s why we’ve added a driver attention function, to insist on driver supervision”. What does that mean? Well, Cadillac have installed a small camera with infrared sensors at the top of the steering column. It tracks your head position to determine if you’re focused on the road, distracted, or asleep. It can also take cool driving “selfies.” No, I’m just kidding – probably.

If sensors determine you’re not paying attention, the system will provide you with visual, audible, and tactile (through the responsive seatback) alerts. If you still fail to respond, your CT6 pulls to the side of the road and comes to a complete stop. It can even automatically contact emergency services through OnStar integration.

Why the CT6?

The CT6 is a natural candidate to receive Cadillac’s Super Cruise. The sleek sedan already has the brand’s most impressive array of technology. Nightvision, is a pedestrian detection system that uses infrared technology to alert the driver to unseen hazards. The CT6 also offers available automatic parking, front pedestrian braking, auto vehicle hold, and wireless device charging. For entertainment, Cadillac gave the 2017 an available 34-speaker (some of which are mounted inside the headrests) Bose Panaray sound system. You can also equip the rear seats with 10” HD screens with Blu-ray.

As the culmination of Cadillac’s research and innovation, the CT6 is obviously a natural flagship for Super Cruise. The new feature will be available on 2018 CT6 models arriving this fall.

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The 2017 Cadillac XT5

Meet the 2017 Cadillac XT5

What’s the first priority of a luxury crossover? Well, if you consider the 2017 Cadillac XT5, everything.

Experience First

Driver and passenger experience is the first priority of the 2017 Cadillac XT5. Even the XT5’s base model delivers first-class comfort, technology, and style. It includes Rear Vision Camera and Rear Park Assist. The interior is crafted and stitched by hand, featuring premium materials like Okapi wood accents. The standard audio system is built and optimised by Bose for immersive sound quality in every seating position. Connectivity is also a major strength for the XT5. Wireless device charging, OnStar 4G LTE WiFi, Bluetooth and voice recognition are all standard. Other standard and available premium comfort features include:

  • UltraView Sunroof covering both rows of seating
  • Bose audio system is upgradable to 14 speakers
  • Semi-aniline full leather seats

But the XT5 will also be as comfortable on the road as you are in the seats.

Performance First

Performance is also the 2017 Cadillac XT5’s first priority. The 2017’s new engine is a 3.6L V6 with direct-injection, 310 horsepower, and 271 lb.-ft. torque. It’s paired with an automatic eight-speed transmission to improve efficiency and keep the engine at peak acceleration. Add All-Wheel Drive and 20”, polished aluminum wheels; and real time suspension damping, and your XT5 is ready to conquer any terrain from rough pavement to ice. You can also monitor all of your performance and diagnostics with Cadillac’s available head-up display. Finally, the elegant HUD can display crucial information like current speed and remaining fuel. As impressive as the new display is, it can’t take the honour of being the XT5’s most exciting innovation.

Safety First

Finally, safety is the XT5’s first priority. The Luxury trim level includes Front and Rear Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. This technology gives you improved peace-of-mind when driving and decreases the likelihood of collision. But you can still upgrade to the comprehensive suite of safety technology which delivers an almost supernatural level of road awareness. The Driver Awareness Package includes the following:

  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Front Pedestrian Detection
  • Front Automatic Braking Performance Suspension
  • Surround Vision

If you need improved road vision, you can add High-Intensity Discharge headlamps with Adaptive Forward Light. Not only will your headlamps project brighter and further, but they’ll also turn corners with you, lighting up the road ahead. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 also has an available Rear Camera Mirror that streams live HD video of what’s behind you without any obstructions. Needless to say, the XT5 is among the safest SUVs in existence.

With a remarkable array of standard features, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 delivers the luxury you expect from Cadillac while offering the crossover flexibility that’s become increasingly popular with Canadian drivers. To experience for yourself, book a test drive today.

The CTS Talks

But not like K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider. Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication is now a standard feature in the Cadillac CTS.

V2V communication will be available on the new 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.”

What Else?

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 

To see the first-class standard features in the CTS for yourself, visit Capital Cadillac today. Or, browse our inventory now.

Dare Greatly at Capital Cadillac

“The past is just that, past,” says the first slide on Cadillac’s Dare Greatly website. But they haven’t left the past behind.

Dare greatly at Capital Cadillac

Dare Greatly

Cadillac certainly do look to the past, but only at the spirit of innovation and forward-thinking that made them North America’s premiere automaker. From the invention of the electric starter in 1912 (which replaced hand cranks) to the first inclusion of GPS in 1996, Cadillac have a list of remarkable “firsts.” Those past achievements clearly set the bar high for the future of the company. But Cadillac is undoubtedly still taking risks in the pursuit of more industry firsts.

Super Cruise

Take the Super Cruise feature available later this year as an example. Super Cruise will allow the driver to take her hands off the wheel while on the highway. The system “ does full-speed range adaptive cruise control and lane centering, using cameras and other sensors to automatically steer and brake.” Super Cruise isn’t fully autonomous, though. When approaching turns, the system will alert the driver to retake control of their vehicle. Facial and eye tracking will both be used to ensure the driver remains attentive, ready to resume control should circumstances necessitate it. This will be added to the existing suite of autonomous and safety technology in the Cadillac lineup.

It’s not yet clear which vehicles Super Cruise will be added to, but there are few likely candidates. The CTS just added Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication. And the CT6 already has Cadillac’s most impressive array of technology. Nightvision, for example, uses radar and infrared sensors to identify pedestrians, animals, and obstacles in the dark and alerts the driver. Automatic parking and front pedestrian braking are also available as well as the 34-speaker Bose Panaray sound system with speaker mounted in the headrests. But it isn’t only the top end of Cadillac’s lineup that is benefitting from the company’s new/old ethos.

The Cadillac ATS

Consider the Cadillac ATS. With a standard 2.0L, 272-horsepower engine, and an available 3.6L V6 with 335 horsepower, the ATS is built to perform. The Auto Stop/Start technology in the engine is the invisible. In the competitor’s vehicles, you can feel the engine sag at red lights and shudder back to life when it turns green. Not in the ATS. Its components are working, even when they’re switched off. But to understand it only as a performance sedan, is to ignore its nuanced design.

No piece of the ATS arrests your immersion. You feel the steering wheel, the seat, and the road simultaneously. But you don’t feel anything you shouldn’t. Noticeable care has gone into the hand cut and sewn interior, and it pays off. There’s no neck craning or soreness after long drives. For technology, the ATS comes with Available Adaptive Forward Lighting and Park Assist, and standard Bose audio with Active Noise Cancellation. In short, the ATS is a great vehicle, one that admirably shoulders the the Dare Greatly challenge.

With daring at the heart of Cadillac’s design and manufacturing, the future is more exciting than ever. There is no discernible desire to rest on the achievements of the past. Instead, the company will keep pushing the envelope, leading drivers, and the industry as a whole, forward. To learn more about the 2017 Cadillac lineup, and the Dare Greatly campaign visit the link below.

Capital Cadillac – Designing the Cadillac of Cadillacs

Capital Cadillac Once, Cadillac was the standard against which others were measured. Being the “Cadillac of x” was being the best in an industry. But, since then, their identity has lost some of its coherence. To a younger generation of drivers, Cadillac was estranged from its history of greatness. Recently, however, Cadillac has been redefining itself – while holding on to what earned them their success. By all measures, they’re gaining ground, and Capital Cadillac is showcasing that momentum.

A New Approach

According to Mahmoud Samara, Managing Director of Cadillac Canada, the “Dare Greatly” campaign is the enactment of their new ethos. In his words, “Everyone and anyone that touches the Cadillac brand has to walk, talk, act and live the daring attitude.” They’ve partnered with young artists, young fashion designers, young filmmakers, and more young creators. Did I mention that they’re all quite young?

One of the most daring aspects of Cadillac’s reinvention is the adjustment of its demographic. The bench seat has ridden toward the sunset in the DTS. Instead of offering reactive designs married to the past, Cadillac is reaching ahead of the curve. Seemingly, the modernisation of their lineup could risk alienating their faithful (older) customers. But one might instead argue that lifelong fans of Cadillac would identify more with the reclamation of Cadillac’s golden-age spirit than with the iteration of vehicles from the past. That “golden-age spirit” is one of aggressive innovation and risk-taking. Clearly, Cadillac must agree, because those two principles are the defining elements of their latest concept car, the Escala.

Cadillac Escala

According to official channels, Escala signifies “scale” in Spanish, but it might be apt take the alternate translation, “ladder.” After all, Cadillac has been trying hard to climb back to the top. As Johan de Nysschen, president of Global Cadillac, puts it, Escala signals “the brand’s return to the pinnacle of premium.” If that’s true, the pinnacle of premium certainly looks enticing.

In the sense that Cadillac actually intended for the name, Escala might be a scaled-down Escalade. Cadillac’s King of SUVs has been dominating the full-size luxury SUV category for years. In addition to sharing half of its name, the Escala shares its luxury sensibility. Cadillac has used their standard hand cut-and-sewn technique. The interior was inspired by their suiting partners. The front row interior is different from the back, emphasizing the distinct needs of drivers and passengers. Per Cadillac’s design team, this makes the Escala “a car you desperately want to drive, and also one in which you want to be driven.” Personally, I’d rather drive it.

Cadillac Escala

The Cadillac of Cadillacs

Although the Escala only exists in fantasy or the future (depending on your worldview), its DNA is visible in Cadillac’s CT6. Both vehicles feature aggressive versions of Cadillac’s iconic vertical lighting system – although the Escala’s is a few shades angrier. Sharp contours on the hoods of both vehicles drive the eye down toward signature crests. Finally, Cadillac has packed both sedans with an absurd amount of technology to facilitate each of the driver’s interactions.

The CT6’s available Rear Camera Mirror streams HD video of your surroundings. The available Night Vision system uses thermal technology – yes, thermal technology – to provide a rendering of upcoming obstacles, pedestrians, and wildlife. The entertainment dock offers touchpad input and available wireless device charging. I could go on, because it’s easy to get mired in a list of features, but that’s not really the point. The experience delivered by the sum of those features is all that matters.

Hand cut-and-sewn interiors.

Cadillac Experience

And that experience is one of excitement and comfort. The CT6 is big, but remarkably lithe. Any of its available engines will pull you to the corners and push you back in the seat. Suspension is stiff, but very responsive, making for an engaging drive. However, the CT6 is still a thoroughbred Cadillac, so you’ll still be comfortable. Both the front and back seats offer substantial legroom with leather detailing cut and sewn by hand. Remarkably, the available 20-way power-adjustable seats feature heat, ventilation, and massage functions. At once, the CT6 is the quintessential Cadillac, and something singular.

Capital Cadillac – The Future of Dare Greatly

The purpose of the Dare Greatly campaign is to orient Cadillac toward the future. It’s worthwhile, then, to consider the Escala as a target for the company’s innovation and design. However, we may be years from seeing the Escala’s one-piece interior trim and translucent headliner in a production car. For now, the CT6 is negotiating (with aplomb) the gap between future and present. When you drive the CT6, you get a sense of the company’s golden-age swagger. But, with Cadillac’s renewed dedication to industry leadership, you should be more excited about what’s ahead.

To explore the CT6, and the rest of the 2017 Cadillac Lineup, visit Capital Cadillac today.

Still Canada’s #1 GM Dealer

Capital GMC Buick Cadillac is the #1 GM Dealer in Canada.

Canada’s #1 GM Dealer

In 2017, Capital earned the title of Canada’s #1 GM dealer for the eighth straight year! We were also named DealerRater’s Dealer of the Year for GMC, Buick, and Cadillac Saskatchewan, as well as Dealer of the Year for GMC Canada! We also set the world record for most “dealers” per paragraph!

Accolades:

  • #1 GM Dealer in Canada (New & Used)
  • DealerRater Dealer of the Year – GMC Canada
    • GMC Saskatchewan 
    • Buick Saskatchewan
    • Cadillac Saskatchewan
  • Top 16 in 16 Award
  • GM President’s Award
  • #1 Certified Pre-Owned Retailer in Canada

We’re especially proud of our DealerRater awards because they’re based on the feedback of real customers. Through every step of the car-buying process, no one knows us better than you, our customer! So, there is no one whose feedback we value more. We always welcome feedback and use it to continually improve our service.

First-Class Lineup

It doesn’t hurt that we sell vehicles we believe in. GMC’s lineup has the dependability and performance to satisfy any professional-grade task. Buick and Cadillac, meanwhile, have literally hundreds of years of combined experience in the auto industry. The Buick lineup exudes sophistication, while Cadillac vehicles are the proven kings of the road. Whether you prioritize fuel economy, dependability, speed, or style (or all of the above), you’ll find the right vehicle in our inventory.

Moving forward, we’ll continue working hard to provide our customers with the best possible experience. We’re always proud of our awards, but we place greater value in serving the people of our community to the best of our ability.

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

Cadillac CT6 Plug-In hybrid
Cadillac CT6 Plug-In hybrid will be available for sale in the Spring of 2017

Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

Electric vehicles have already started taking over our roads. Well, they’re taking over the ones populated with charging stations, anyway. But the mainstream EVs and hybrids being produced now have, naturally, prioritized function over form. With lightweight construction being necessary for driving range, manufacturers haven’t been focusing on comfort and style. Hopefully that can change with the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In.

The CT6 Plug-In is a hybrid coming this spring. The CT6 will boast a remarkable 3.6Le/100km. It also reports a driving range of 643 kilometres. With those specs, drivers won’t need to fill up or plug in very often. Cadillac, however, has always made its name for power and style, not quiet economy. Will mainstream fans of Cadillac be disappointed?

In Short, No

In the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, a two-motor EVT system will be paired with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine. This will give the car an impressive 335 hp. Per Cadillac’s press release, the CT6 will “propel the vehicle from a zero to 96km/h (60 mph) in an estimated 5.2 seconds.” As for luxury, the Plug-In will have all the features from Cadillac’s Premium Luxury trim. Surely, combining efficiency, power, and style can’t be cheap.

What Does It Cost?

It’s important to remember, Cadillac is pursuing luxury and power while integrating the latest in EV tech. And that comes at a cost. Still, the MSRP of $85,995 will put the Plug-In CT6 beyond the reach of most consumers. But the same can be said for most hybrids and pure EVs today. The Tesla Model S starts at a staggering $90,400. Quite simply, the fuel savings drivers will reap won’t mitigate the purchase price for a long time. Still, electric vehicles are becoming less expensive every day.

For now, Cadillac fans might be better off driving the standard CT6. Its 2.0L Turbo engine features direct-injection, dual overhead cams, and variable-valve timing to deliver thrilling performance. You’d have trouble finding a more enjoyable way to wait for EVs to become more affordable. And, with autonomous technology threatening to get rid of drivers completely, you should enjoy a little power while you still can.

The Death of the Driver

Death of the Driver
The new OnStar Go will help drivers make safe and smart decisions while on the road!

Autonomous technology isn’t going away: this much you already know. Lane-keeping systems, blind spot monitoring, and parking assistance systems are becoming standard features on new vehicles. But what’s around the corner? Is autonomous technology signalling the death of the driver?

Current and Future Tech

GM, for example, has recently partnered with  IBM to combine OnStar with the Watson supercomputer (jeopardy, not chess). They’re calling the result OnStar Go, the first “cognitive mobility platform” in the automotive industry. Per GM, OnStar Go can help with things like “avoiding traffic when you’re low on fuel, then activating a fuel pump and paying from the dash; ordering a cup of coffee on the go; or getting news and in-vehicle entertainment tailored to your personality and location”. Personally, the idea of my car prescribing Michael Bublé for an angry Monday commute intrigues me. However, I can imagine some drivers want less distractions, less intrusion, and a purer driving experience. Will they be able to find it in 20 years?

Death of the Driver

Henrik Christensen, from UC San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute, has made a startling prediction. He says that “kids born today will never get to drive a car.” By the time they’re old enough, autonomous cars will have overthrown their manual ancestors. Whether or not Christensen’s prediction will hold true even in places like Saskatchewan, I can’t say. Ice, snow, extreme cold, and scattered populations will challenge  autonomous vehicles.  At the very least, by that time, things like the Forward Collision Alert, available across the 2017 GMC lineup, will have become a baseline standard. The driver will have few, if any, responsibilities. When automakers deploy vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V), cars will scan the streets in real time to avoid hazards and maintain safe driving distances. This, in turn, will allow roads and highways to become narrower, saving space in a congested world. Some drivers (Will Smith in I, Robot, for one) will always prioritize motoring passion over convenience. But it’s not hard to imagine “manual driving” being outlawed at some point considering autonomous cars will make fewer errors than us.

Drive While You Can

While I can’t answer that, I can say that we’re decades from complete autonomy on our roads. Until driverless vehicles can travel safely from Cupar to Regina in blowing snow, human drivers aren’t going anywhere. And, for now at least, technology is actually making life better for drivers who like to drive. Take a spin in a Cadillac CTS-V– with  Magnetic Ride Control, for example. You’ll won’t be excited for autonomous cars to take over after that kind of thrill. So, enjoy the road before the death of the driver.

Be sure to check out our inventory by clicking below… Will Smith would.

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