Blind spots, stalled vehicles, accidents; they’re all situations that we hope to avoid on roadways however, encountering them is inevitable. But what if you had a “sixth sense” – a way of knowing what lies ahead in time to avoid catastrophe? That’s where Cadillac comes in with its new Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) technology. It alerts drivers of danger ahead and gives you additional time to react to potentially hazardous situations.

Here’s how it works…

The V2V technology uses Dedicated Short-Range Communications and GPS to communicate between vehicles. The system can handle around 1,000 messages per second for vehicles up to nearly 1,000 feet away. For example, when a car approaches an urban intersection, it scans the vicinity for other vehicles and tracks their positions, direction and speeds. Then, it warns you of potential hazards that might not be visible. Common hazards that prompt alerts are hard breaking, slippery conditions and disabled vehicles. Multiple vehicles with V2V create an ad hoc wireless communication system without relying on sight lines, weather conditions or cellular coverage. Through the Cadillac Infotainment Center you can customize alerts to show in the instrument cluster and head up display to prevent distracted driving.

But here’s the kicker…only vehicles equipped with compatible V2V systems can communicate with one another. That means you won’t be alerted to cars that do not have this technology. Currently, V2V comes standard on the 2017 Cadillac CTS in the USA and Canada. Let’s hope that V2V gets similar traction to that of OnStar and is subsequently rolled out across all General Motors brands. That way you’re spoilt for choice to enjoy this and other advancements in safety and connectivity pioneered by Cadillac.

When a V2V-equipped vehicle ahead is detected to have its hazard lights on, 2017 Cadillac CTS drivers will get a “Hazard Lights Ahead” alert with the vehicle’s estimated distance, allowing drivers to safely maneuver away from the hazard.

When a V2V-equipped vehicle ahead is detected to have a StabiliTrak, traction control or anti-lock brake event, 2017 Cadillac CTS drivers will get a “Slippery Road Ahead” alert, allowing them to slow down and carefully proceed.

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