Luxury brand Cadillac is getting nearer to its vision of self-driving vehicles with an advanced active safety and driver assistance system that it is introducing on the all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS. This is easily the most technologically advanced production car that Cadillac has ever offered. The available Driver Assistance Package will arrive to the XTS this fall.
It will use sensor fusion – the first General Motors system of its kind to do so. Sensor fusion allows for the integration of a wide range of sensing and positioning technologies that can alarm drivers of road hazards and help them prevent crashes.
It is considered a building block to develop semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles, which are created to sustain lane position and get used to to traffic environments. GM hopes that the more advanced self-driving technology, which could enable semi and fully autonomous driving, will be offered by the end of the decade. In developing sensor fusion, GM is drawing on its experience with The Boss, a fully autonomous Chevrolet Tahoe that was developed by GM, Carnegie Mellon University and other partner companies. Its name is derived from GM R&D founder Charles F. “Boss” Kettering.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Urban Challenge competition in 2007 was won by The Boss, which navigated through 60 miles of urban traffic, busy intersections and stop signs in shorter than six hours. Another factor that has led to the progression of sensor fusion development is GM’s work on the EN-V, three semi-autonomous electric concept vehicles shown at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
EN-V can be driven both manually and autonomously as it had combined GPS with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, distance-sensing and object detection technologies. Driving it autonomously means that it automatically chooses the quickest route based on real-time traffic information.
Cadillac unveiled the newest addition to its luxury sedan lineup: the 2013 XTS. Dubbed as the most technologically advanced production vehicle in Cadillac’s history, this new car will arrive in showrooms in the U.S. and Canada in the spring of 2012.
The 2013 Cadillac XTS is larger than the CTS and offers the signature Cadillac space, dramatic presence, and elegance, but with technically advanced methods that are specifically designed for the new generation of luxury car owners. It also marks the CUE’s debut. CUE, which stands for Cadillac User Experience, is a comprehensive in-vehicle experience merging intuitive design with automotive industry-first media and information controls and commands.
Aside from Cadillac CUE user interface plus connectivity, there are many other advanced technologies that are essential to the new Cadillac XTS. It will be the sole luxury sedan equipped with the fastest-reacting suspension, the Magnetic Ride Control. Also available are advanced technologies that can enhance vision and safety.
Moreover, the XTS boasts a 3.6-liter direct injection engine as well as an advanced all-wheel drive system, which marks a shift to better performance and efficiency in a spacious luxury car. So, there is no doubt as to why the new XTS is positioned right atop the centerpiece CTS models in Cadillac’s revamped lineup.
According to Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac Marketing, the XTS represents advanced technology driving the new formula for luxury. He says it showcases the evolution of the company’s Art & Science philosophy, wherein the best technical ideas and the continued Cadillac design refinement are joined together.
Simply put, the CUE is a highly customizable interface that exemplifies the merging of advanced technology with artistic design. The heart of CUE is the standard eight-inch screen at the "center stack," the steering wheel controls, and faceplate below the screen. The CUE boasts several industry firsts, which includes capacitive-touch control and proximity sensing, natural voice recognition, and gesture recognition.