General Motors is preparing to launch the 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo, a model that stands out from its rivals because it is equipped with the Interactive Drive Control System. This device can change the driving dynamics of the vehicle so that it can adjust to the road type. This system enables the shifting of the suspension, shift pattern and steering sensitivity with three presets (touring, sport and standard) resulting to a smoother ride.
Bill Rietow, GM lead development engineer, said that Interactive Drive Control enables the linking of vehicle systems and changes “perceivable vehicle characteristics” as it adjusts to driver inputs. Rietow claims that the driver can sense the difference. The settings can also be customized via its radio configuration menu.
Drivers may choose to switch on or off one of the following features: steering, suspension or powertrain. GM said that the system is so sophisticated that it can independently detect the type of road and the owner’s driving aptitudes.
The settings can then change so that the car is able to respond best to the driver’s preferences. Peterson said that previously, people talked about the car’s horsepower or its speed but now, the conversation is mostly centered on advanced technologies and new capabilities.
Thanks to the Interactive Drive Control System, the new Regal Turbo now features driving dynamics adjusted for any situation. This system adjusts the vehicle’s suspension and shift pattern as well as steering sensitivity through the variable effort steering features.
As a standard setting, the Regal Turbo is optimized for all driving situations. When sport setting is selected, the Regal Turbo is now more capable of holding on to the road. When the touring setting is picked, the vehicle allows for a more comfortable driving experience during long trips. Interestingly, the sport setting could be personalized using the Regal Turbo’s radio configuration menu, allowing drivers to enable or disable any combination of steering, suspension or powertrain.
For instance, drivers could disable the suspension portion for extra steering effort sans the firmness of the suspension. Moreover, the Interactive Drive Control intuitively adapts the Regal Turbo’s performance settings to individual driving styles. When the vehicle detects that a driver is starting to drive in an aggressive manner, the Interactive Drive Control will automatically tighten the suspension and heighten steering effort. Meanwhile, when the system detects that the driver is cruising, it will adjust settings for rolling smoothness and comfort.
The Interactive Drive Control allows for better stability and greater driving safety. In fact, all electronically controlled four dampers continuously adapt within milliseconds to the prevailing conditions of the road, the movements of the Regal Turbo and the individual driving style. When the system senses the need to avoid a certain obstacle when the car is operating in touring mode, various chassis sensors will convey this to the driving mode control, thereby stiffening the dampers within milliseconds for a superior body control.
This was made by a number of advances in electrification as well as computerization of onboard vehicle systems. According to Bill Rietow, GM lead development engineer, the Interactive Drive Control connects vehicle systems together and adjusts its characteristics while adapting to driver inputs. George Peterson, president of AutoPacific marketing research and consultancy firm, remarked that consumers are now expecting new vehicles to feature advanced capability in both dynamic driving performance and smart technologies like voice activation, steering wheel controls and navigation.