2013 Cadillac ATS: Hypersensitive Driver Assist
June 7, 2013
Well, you never can be too careful, I guess. While reversing our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS into a parking space on the street, the car abruptly dropped anchor, grinding to an immediate halt. A loud alert sounded, and the car wouldn't move.
I was momentarily bewildered. What the hell had just happened? I had been alternately using my mirrors, the backup camera and looking over my shoulder while performing this routine parking maneuver. All was normal. Now, I was sitting there in an immobile car with a shrill noise in my ears and a heart rate that had just doubled. In addition to scaring the bejeezus out of me, I found that the ATS had also set its parking brake. All while still in Reverse!
I threw it in Park, went around back and found this single blade of tall grass in the general vicinity of the Cad's proximity sensor. This nefarious obstacle had triggered the Rear Automatic Braking facet of the car's Driver Assist package, natch.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor