Cadillac: New Flagship and Hands-Free by 2017
2014 might have marked a year of endless recalls for General Motors, but in 2017, it looks to strike a different chord with buyers. Especially those interested in luxury Cadillacs. In a speech at the Intelligent Transport System World Congress in Detroit, General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced that Cadillac will pioneer a new self-driving system, dubbed “Super Cruise,” which will take control of steering, acceleration and braking at highway speeds and in stop-and-go traffic. RELATED: See Photos of the High-Powered Cadillac CTS-V
Barra explains that the computer system can take over for drivers when traffic becomes too congested, allowing drivers to drive “hands-free and feet-free,” yet all the while keeping drivers alert. No napping allowed.
“And if the mood strikes you on the high-speed road from Barstow, California, to Las Vegas, you can take a break from the wheel and pedals and let the car do the work,” notes Barra. “Having it done for you – that’s true luxury.”
But best of all, it’s debuting in an all-new Cadillac model “that’s going to enter a segment where we don’t compete today,” mentions Barra.
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Considering the exclusivity of Super Cruise and its relatively short timeline, one can conceivably expect a new flagship model to headline the range above the current XTS sedan in the region of $80,000. Though Cadillac isn’t stopping just there.
Barra subsequently confirmed that the 2017 Cadillac CTS sedan, expected in late 2016, will come standard with vehicle-to-vehicle technology (V2V), which enables nearby vehicles to communicate traffic hazards, brake application, and collision warning. But until more V2V-equiped cars hit the road, CTS models will only be able to communicate with each other.
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