2017 Cadillac CTS Gets Standard V2V Communication Technology | Edmunds

2017 Cadillac CTS Gets Standard V2V Communication Technology


Beginning this month the 2017 Cadillac CTS performance sedan will come with standard V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) safety communications technology.

V2V allows connected vehicles to communicate with one another wirelessly to warn drivers of potential dangers ahead on the road. As one vehicle's sensors determine that a potential crash could occur, it sends a signal to following cars whose onboard computers interpret the signal and either warn the drivers or trigger automatic safety systems.

2017 Cadillac CTS

Cadillac says its V2V technology uses GPS and wireless dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), which can process data related to speed, direction and location at the rate of 1,000 messages per second. The CTS will be able to communicate with other V2V-equipped vehicles on the 5.9 GHz band at ranges up to 980 feet.

2017 Cadillac CTS

Cadillac also noted that CTS drivers can customize V2V alerts to appear in the instrument cluster and the available head-up display using the latest CUE infotainment system.

"From the introduction of airbags to the debut of OnStar, Cadillac continues its heritage of pioneering safety and connectivity advances," said Richard Brekus, Cadillac's global director of Product Strategy, in a statement. "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."

In December the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a proposal to mandate V2V technology in all new light vehicles and to standardize the messages and format of V2V transmissions, possibly as soon as 2020. In the past, NHTSA has said that V2V systems have the potential to prevent or reduce the severity of 80 percent of vehicle crashes not involving an impaired driver.

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