Despite the promise of rearing down winding roads in your new Cadillac from commercials, the reality of the daily commute here in Edmonton is waiting on the Whitemud, the inevitable accident on the Yellowhead, hitting every light on St. Albert Trail or Groat Road, and the constant barrage of potholes and construction sites along every other major road in the city. Not to mention, anyone who has lived in the capital region for more thana year or so understands the dread of parking at West Edmonton Mall. Cadillac has developed new “Driver Assist” safety technology to ease you through the drive, using cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors and automatic braking to help make these common traffic situations safer and more bearable.
Some of the Driver Assist features designed to ease the everyday commute include:
- Full Speed Adaptive Cruise Control extends traditional cruise control to more situations, such as managing the car’s acceleration and braking automatically from a driver-set highway “cruising” speed down to a full stop, such as at a toll booth, while maintaining a safe following distance.
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert – Scanning areas adjacent to the car on each side extends driver vision such as when backing out of a parking spot with vehicles on both sides. Cadillac’s Safety Alert Seat warns the driver of traffic approaching from the left or right using directional seat vibration pulses. This patented warning approach is tied to all of the on-board crash avoidance systems.
- Rear Vision Camera with Dynamic Guidelines allows the driver, when in reverse, to view objects directly behind the vehicle via the eight-inch monitor on the center stack. A set of red and yellow guidelines appear on the display to mark the vehicle’s turn radius, allowing for easier parking and backing maneuvers.
- Automatic Front and Rear Braking will apply emergency braking automatically in certain driveway, parking lot and heavy traffic conditions if it detects a vehicle in front of or behind the car.
- Forward Collision Alert uses the Safety Alert Seat’s haptic warning to vibrate both sides of the driver’s seat when the car approaches a stationary or moving vehicle ahead too rapidly.
“Most of us think of driving a luxury car on open roads, and of course cars like the new ATS sport sedan are right at home doing that,” said James Bell, General Motors head of consumer affairs. “But traffic and parking situations are way more common. A great car should help you in those conditions, too.”
To experience these features in action in the 2013 Cadillac ATS, all-new XTS luxury sedan or revamped SRX luxury crossover, Don Wheaton is your Cadillac dealership – come for a test drive today!