Cars talking to other cars is quickly becoming a reality. Three months after the Department of Transportation proposed a mandate requiring vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology in new cars sold in the United States, Cadillac announced it will include the tech as standard equipment on CTS sedans, beginning with current production models slated for both the U.S. and Canada. In doing so, Cadillac becomes the first manufacturer to feature such a system in North America.
"V2V essentially enables the car to sense around corners,” said Richard Brekus, Cadillac global director of Product Strategy, in a press release. “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. As an early mover, we look forward to seeing its benefit multiply as more V2V-equipped vehicles hit the road."
The system uses Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) as well as GPS, and can process 1,000 messages per second. It operates on the 5.9 GHz spectrum as allocated by the Federal Communications Commission, and can communicate with other vehicles using compatible V2V systems up to 1,000 feet away.
Being connected with other cars in the area can give drivers an early warning for potentially hazardous situations. For example, if anti-lock brakes or traction control engage on a car at an upcoming intersection, it can indicate slippery conditions. Likewise, if hard braking is detected around a corner, drivers can get a heads-up for stopped traffic. The V2V system gathers this information and alerts the driver through Cadillac’s next-generation user experience infotainment system.
Cadillac’s announcement comes just days after WikiLeaks made a bold assertion that the Central Intelligence Agency discussed the possibility of hacking cars to use them for “undetectable assassinations,” raising new concerns about vulnerability in modern automotive systems.
“Basically, the system creates an ad-hoc network with other cars in the vicinity,” said Cadillac Representative Steve Martin in a phone call with Motor1. “From a security standpoint our customers will like this because no information is stored to identify specific vehicles. The CTS is the first V2V-equipped car in North America; we’re excited to lead the way in this new safety system.”
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V2V Safety Technology Now Standard on Cadillac CTS Sedans
- Cadillac V2V Lays Groundwork for a Safer Future
- Technology handles up to 1,000 messages per second
- Complements robust suite of available active safety features
NEW YORK — Cadillac introduces Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications this month in the CTS performance sedan, beginning with 2017 interim model year cars in production now. V2V-equipped vehicles share information that can be used to alert drivers to upcoming potential hazards, laying the groundwork for a connected, safer future.
Cadillac's V2V solution uses Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) and GPS and can handle 1,000 messages per second from vehicles up to nearly 1,000 feet away. For example, when a car approaches an urban intersection, the technology scans the vicinity for other vehicles and tracks their positions, directions and speeds, warning the driver of potential hazards that might otherwise be invisible.
"From the introduction of air bags, to the debut of OnStar, Cadillac continues its heritage of pioneering safety and connectivity advances," said Richard Brekus, Cadillac global director of Product Strategy. "V2V essentially enables the car to sense around corners. 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. As an early mover, we look forward to seeing its benefit multiply as more V2V-equipped vehicles hit the road."
V2V-enabled data alerts drivers of potentially hazardous situations ahead, giving them additional time to react. Common hazardous scenarios that prompt alerts are hard braking, slippery conditions and disabled vehicles. Through the next-generation Cadillac user experience infotainment system, drivers can customize alerts to show in the instrument cluster and available head-up display.
Only vehicles equipped with compatible V2V systems communicate with one another. Multiple V2V-equipped vehicles create an ad hoc wireless network that allows for the transfer of information without relying on sight lines, good weather conditions or cellular coverage.
The V2V technology on the 2017 CTS operates on the 5.9 GHz spectrum allocated by the Federal Communications Commission.
V2V is included as a standard feature on the 2017 CTS in the U.S. and Canada and complements a robust suite of available active safety features. CTS offers Driver Awareness and Driver Assist active safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with full-speed range, automatic front and rear braking, forward collision mitigation, lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert.
In 2016, Cadillac pioneered the world’s first Rear Camera Mirror, increasing the driver’s rearward vision by approximately 300 percent.