The 2017 Cadillac CTS is the First to Sport Vehicle to Vehicle Technology
Many of us by now are familiar with V2X, or vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. In fact, we recently discussed how the significant impact Audi’s technology that gives drivers access to traffic-light information would be a perfect score for the aftermarket. GM, through its Cadillac division, is now launching the first application of Vehicle to Vehicle technology. It gives the Cadillac CTS the ability to communicate with other Cadillac CTSs (for now) and more vehicles as the technology gets out of the gate. Hey, we have to start somewhere… According to Cadillac, these V2V-equipped vehicles share information that can be used to alert drivers to upcoming potential hazards, laying the groundwork for a connected, safer future.
Cadillac’s V2V solution uses Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) and GPS that can handle 1,000 messages per second from vehicles up to nearly 1,000 feet away. For example, when a car approaches an urban intersection, the technology scans the vicinity for other ‘online’ vehicles and tracks their positions, directions, and speeds. Then, the system warns of potential hazards that may otherwise be invisible to the driver. According to Richard Brekus, Cadillac’s global director of product strategy, “V2V essentially enables the car to sense around corners. Connecting vehicles through vehicle-to-vehicle holds tremendous potential, as this technology enables the car to acquire and analyze information outside the bounds of the driver’s field of vision. As an early mover, we look forward to seeing its benefit multiply as more V2V-equipped vehicles hit the road.”
As people discover this technology, the aftermarket would be a prime candidate for integrating the communications systems into our current vehicles. For example, wouldn’t it be nice to get a warning if there were black ice around the corner, and the vehicle traveling around it right before you notified your vehicle about the hazard? Cadillac points out that vehicle to vehicle-enabled data alerts drivers of potentially hazardous situations ahead, giving them additional time to react. Common hazardous scenarios that prompt alerts are hard braking, slippery conditions, and disabled vehicles. Through the next-generation Cadillac user-experience infotainment system CUE, drivers can customize alerts to show in the instrument cluster and available heads-up display.