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 Well, Cadillac has already made it outdated.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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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.

Honda and GM Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership

General Motors & Honda Team up
GM and Honda form an unlikely alliance

When we talk about the future of emission-free driving, we think about electric vehicles. That means vehicles that are simply powered by a battery. The former darling of eco-consciousness, the hydrogen fuel cell, has been pushed into obscurity. But, with the combined might of GM and Honda, it’s coming back.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Hydrogen fuel cells combine oxygen and hydrogen to produce electricity, heat, and water. There are no harmful emissions. The main difference between batteries and fuel cells is that fuel cells will not lose their charge over time. All they require is hydrogen fuel.

Handy History

GM was responsible for creating the very first hydrogen fuel cell – and they did it much earlier than you’d think. In 1966, the company debuted a modified GMC Handivan, which they called the Electrovan. Room for six passengers was reduced to two with most of the space being occupied by giant oxygen and hydrogen tanks, and a mess of wires. The Electrovan boasted an impressive driving range of 193km, but was never taken off private property for safety concerns. Something, something Handinburg…

The Electrovan didn’t amount to much, so GM shelved the fuel cell program for 40 years. Now, they’re back in earnest, enlisting help from Honda. The Japanese automaker is the leader in hydrogen technology. Their Clarity sedan is already a viable option for drivers – where fueling infrastructure permits (California). Together, GM and Honda are investing $85 million USD in a venture called Fuel Cell System Manufacturing. At GM’s battery pack plant in Brownstown, Michigan, they’ll be producing the next generation of fuel cell. Together, GM and Honda will also be working with the government (good luck) to improve infrastructure for hydrogen fueling.

 

GMC Handivan

Conclusion

Today, nearly every automaker has at least one electric vehicle. GM alone has the Chevy Bolt and Spark, as well as hybrid vehicles like Cadillac’s CT6. But maybe that’s the point. 100% emission-free roadways will be here soon. And, with the EV marketplace already crowded, it might be wise for automakers to diversify their clean energy lineup.

The GM Technical Centre Expands

On January 30, more than 70 members of the Business Council of Canada convened at the Canadian Technical Centre’s Markham Campus. They were gathered to celebrate the announcement that GM’s research and engineering operations in the city would be broadened. A complement to the automaker’s Oshawa Campus, the Markham facility will focus on a range of software projects.

GM Technical Centre

By expanding the GM Technical Centre in Markham, GM will be focusing their efforts on what they call “advanced mobility innovation.” That includes things like autonomous tech, vehicle dynamics systems, infotainment systems, and connectivity features. As it stands, Markham is home to well over 1,000 technology companies. In addition to being a technological hub, Markham is less than an hour from GM’s headquarters in Oshawa. Consequently, the expansion of the conveniently situated complex should come as no surprise. By the time GM completes it, the 150,000 sq.-ft complex will have a capacity of 700 employees. Already, 180 employees are working on site.

The creation of jobs in the automotive sphere will be welcome news to many Canadians. Considerable anxiety has followed Donald Trump’s promises to bring automotive jobs back to the United States. But, if Carlisle’s words hold true, these jobs are in no danger: “we are excited to be giving Canada’s best and brightest software engineers opportunities to help define some of the most important mobile technology changes in a generation. Canada’s focus on innovation, talent development and partnerships with the academic sector all bode very well for the future.”

Bright Future

If nothing else, GM’s focus on autonomous tech should have drivers excited. GM vehicles already have a suite of exciting driver-assistance features. The 2017 GMC Terrain, for example, has available Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Vision Camera, and Side Blind Zone Alert. Surrounding you with 360 degrees of protection adds a futuristic surreality to driving. Now, with GM assembling hundreds of Canada’s best software developers, you can only imagine what the actual future of driving will feel like.

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Buick Safety: 5 Stars

Buick Safety: 5 stars
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Buick safety is well respected. In 2017, Buick safety ratings back that up. The company’s entire lineup received 5 stars from the NHTSA. This is the third consecutive year Buick has achieved maximum safety ratings for their entire lineup.

Buick Safety

Buick was able to continue its impressive run even as they introduced four new vehicles in 2016. The company redesigned the lineup to appeal to a younger generation of drivers. With an emphasis on sleek, modern design, Buick is picking up momentum. Through September 2016, Buick had sold 1,046,746 vehicles for the year. In 113 years, that was the fastest they’d ever reached the mark. And yet, despite the brand’s renaissance, a dedication to safety and reliability has remained fundamental.

For example, Buick’s flagship sedan, the LaCrosse, became bigger and more athletic for the 2017 model year. However, the sedan has maintained its stellar safety record. According to Buick, the achievement is owed to “the use of stronger, lighter press-hardened and high-strength steels.”

What Does 5-Star Really Mean?

In determining Safety Ratings the NHTSA puts vehicles through the following:

  • Frontal Crash Test Scenario
  • Side Barrier Crash Test Scenario
  • Side Pole Crash Test Scenario
  • Rollover Resistance Test Scenario

After each test, engineers test the dummies for a variety of injuries. The NHTSA only gives 5-Star ratings to vehicles that protect drivers in the most dangerous kinds of collisions.

Ultimately, the ratings show Buick’s long-standing commitment to safety has remained intact. This is all the more impressive considering they’ve modernized their line-up’s image. Drivers would be wise to take advantage of Buick’s combination of reliability and style before others start to clue in.

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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.

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Nine is the New Six

GM 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
The newly engineered transmission brings greater efficiency & smoother performance.

General Motors is set to introduce a nine-speed automatic transmission, the days of the standard six-speed transmission may be numbered. In a partnership with rival Ford, GM is preparing to equip 2017 and 2018 front-drive Chevrolet vehicles with the new transmission. Why is this good news for consumers?

Nine-Speed Automatic Transmission

Per Motor Trend, the “nine-speed comes nicely packaged with all its gears in line with the crankshaft.” A “selectable one-way clutch” will replace two-clutch system of old. This keeps the gearbox small and light. For those of us who aren’t mechanics (me), the improvements translate to a two percent increase in fuel economy. You also get better acceleration and smaller engine vibrations. When can you expect the new transmission?

For buyers, the transmission is already available in the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. The technology will first show up in in the 2017 Cruze compacts with diesel engines, and the 2018 Equinox. From there, we can expect the nine-speed to replace the six in a wide range of Ford and GM vehicles (10 by the end of 2017).

Bringing Up the Rear

Meanwhile, Ford has focused on a 10-speed automatic transmission for rear-wheel drive vehicles. Car and Driver notes that the tighter ratios between gears “keep the engine closer to peak power during full-throttle acceleration.” These features are important for rear-drive vehicles demanding high performance. That’s why the 10-speed has begun rolling out in the 2017 Ford F-150, Raptor, and the Chevrolet Camaro Z-L1.

Win-Win for Consumers

When rival automakers partner to make vehicles perform better while consuming less fuel, no one loses.