2017 Cadillac CTS to Benefit From V2V Technology

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【Summary】Cadillac is planning to fit the 2017 Cadillac CTS with vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems this month.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Mar 13, 2017 12:45 PM PT
2017 Cadillac CTS to Benefit From V2V Technology

Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication is set to become the next major hurdle for companies and automakers to tackle before unveiling the next generation of smart cars. In order for autonomous vehicles to drive on their own without any human intervention, the cars will need to be able to communicate with one another. In other words, V2V technology is a crucial step towards the implementation of self-driving cars. 

Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) is in the same group of technology as V2V and is just as crucial to autonomous cars. Audi unveiled its V2I technology last year, which allows its cars to communicate with traffic lights. Drivers behind the wheel of an Audi with V2I tech are told how long they will have to wait before a red light turns green. 

Luxury Meets Technology

Now, Cadillac looks to enter the world of V2V communication by fitting its 2017 CTS sedans that are built this month and on with the automaker's V2V system. 

According to a press release from the automaker, the system utilizes Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) and GPS to give the CTS the ability to receive and comprehend approximately 1,000 messages per second from vehicles that are up to 1,000 feet away. As allocated by the Federal Communications Commission, the system operates on the 5.9 GHz spectrum that are required for both V2V and V2I communications. Cadillac claims its system works in both poor weather conditions and situations where cellular coverage is poor. 

The end result, as Cadillac puts it, is a vehicle that can give the driver time to reach to a potentially hazardous situation ahead. The car will alert the driver to hazardous situations, which include hard braking, disabled cars, and slipper conditions. The alerts can be displayed on either the CTS' heads-up display or in the instrument cluster. 

"V2V essentially enables the car to sense around corners," said Richard Brekus, Cadillac global director of Product Strategy. "Connecting vehicles through V2V holds tremendous potential, as this technology enables the car to acquire and analyze information outside the bounds of the driver's field of vision."  

A Good Starting Point

There is, however, one downside with the technology. As Motor Authority reports, the CTS' V2V communication only works with other CTS sedans. The system, for instance, is not compatible with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which is also fitted with V2V technology. 

Another issue, as Motor Authority points out, is car hacking. Last year, researchers from the Norwegian security company Promon hacked into a Tesla and the risk of having autonomous cars being hacked has even sent some states, like Michigan, to increasing penalties for hackers

With Cadillac moving towards V2V technology, other automakers and companies will surely being to employ similar systems in vehicles of their own. Once automakers have introduced their specific systems, they can then start to have conversations about the bigger picture – allowing cars, regardless of make, to communicate with one another. 

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