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GM Semi-Autonomous Tech to Debut on All-New 2017 Cadillac Model

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/8/2014 Karla Sanchez

The age of the self-driving car may soon be upon us. General Motors CEO Mary Barra revealed that we'll start seeing semi-autonomous technologies in certain Cadillac models in as little as two years.

During her keynote address at the Intelligent Transport World Congress in Detroit earlier this week, Barra revealed that a couple of 2017 Cadillac models would feature "intelligent and connected" technologies. The first vehicle to feature such technologies will be an all-new 2017 Cadillac, and although Barra didn't reveal the mystery vehicle, she openly talked about how it would feature GM’s automated driving technology called Super Cruise. Super Cruise will allow for hands-free driving at higher speeds and in stop-and-go traffic, Barra said. "Having it done for you – that’s true luxury. But rest assured, Super Cruise will keep drivers alert and engaged, and when they want to take control, they're going to find a car that's really fun to drive," said Barra. That mystery car will be an all-new 2017 Cadillac that's going to enter a segment the company currently doesn't compete in, possibly the full-size luxury sedan class. We've known for some time now that Cadillac is working on a flagship sedan, rumored to be called the LTS. Loading Caddy's flagship up with cutting-edge tech would make sense if the brand hopes to take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Cadillac V2V Warning Messages© Provided by MotorTrend Cadillac V2V Warning Messages

Cadillac V2V Warning Messages© Provided by MotorTrend Cadillac V2V Warning Messages The second Caddy to offer advanced tech will be the 2017 CTS, which will be GM's first V2V-equipped car. V2V communication is meant to mitigate car crashes and improve traffic congestion by having cars "talk" to one another by sending and receiving basic safety information such as location, speed, and direction of travel. GM made this possible by joining forces with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center, and other automakers. Together, they were able to plan out vehicle-to-infrastructure-enabled corridors on 120 miles of Detroit roadways, and when completed, it will be the largest deployment of V2I technology in the U.S.

"At GM, we're so convinced of the safety and other benefits of connected cars... and so impatient for the future to arrive... that we are acting now," said Barra.

GM isn't the only automaker that's excited for the future, as other automakers like Volvo are hard at work making self-driving cars a reality. Cadillac V2V Warning Messages© Provided by MotorTrend Cadillac V2V Warning Messages

Source: GM

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