If you drive to and from your place of employment, you’ve probably noticed that the roads are getting more and more crowded with each passing year, while drivers are getting less and less attentive to the task at hand.
Blame it on a growing number of cars and drivers, ever-present distractions (such as cell phones and tablets) and a general indifference towards rules of the road, but the net result is this: commuting by car is getting to be more dangerous and stressful than it ever was.
Cadillac feels your pain, and wants you to know that safety systems available in its ATS, SRX and XTS models aim to make your daily drive just a bit more relaxing. Its “Cadillac Driver Assist” suite of technology can help avoid accidents both on the open road and in crowded parking lots.
Full-Speed Adaptive Cruise Control, for example, will even brake the car from highway speed down to a full stop (if necessary), which may be useful if the driver in front of you is paying via cash instead of transponder at a toll booth.
Full Speed Adaptive Cruise Control at work in the Cadillac ATS - image: GM Corp
If you’re not using cruise control and don’t notice that traffic in front of you has come to a stop, Forward Collision Alert will give you visual, auditory and haptic warnings, vibrating both sides of the driver’s seat to command attention.
At lower speeds, Automatic Front and Rear Braking can stop your new Cadillac before you drive it into that concrete pillar (or other vehicle) you didn’t see in your rearview mirror. The Rear Vision Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, however, serves up far more detail than your rearview mirror, including lines to mark your car’s turning radius.
Cadillac’s Rear Cross Traffic Alert works in conjunction with the Safety Alert Seat to deliver visual, auditory and haptic warnings of traffic approaching from the sides. The system also works in harmony with the car’s Automatic Braking to stop your vehicle before you back into the car crossing your path.
While safety agencies are quick to point out that “speed kills,” the majority of our time behind the wheel, at lower speeds, presents more of an accident risk than high-speed freeway trips.
While technology is no substitute for paying attention behind the wheel, we’re for anything that increases your chances of getting from point A to point B without a phone call to your auto insurance agent.