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 Well, Cadillac has already made it outdated.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 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 

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