The official news release says that GM CEO Mary Barra announced that Cadillac will begin offering advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies on certain 2017 model year vehicles. What that means is that self-driving features are coming to Cadillac models sooner rather than later.
An upcoming, all-new 2017 Cadillac flagship — as yet unannounced — will include “advanced driver assist technology” that GM is calling “Super Cruise.” That same model year, the 2017 Cadillac CTS will include vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology.
“A tide of innovation has invigorated the global auto industry, and we are taking these giant leaps forward to remain a leader of new technology,” Barra said. “We are not doing this for the sake of the technology itself. We’re doing it because it’s what customers around the world want. Through technology and innovation, we will make driving safer.”
Super Cruise is a Brave New World kind of feature that includes “hands-off” lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions.
V2V communication technology included on the 2017 Cadillac CTS sends and receives basic safety information such as location, speed and direction of travel between vehicles that are approaching each other.
“Advancing technology so that people can more safely live their lives is a responsibility we embrace,” Barra said.