Cadillac XTS Introduces New Safety Measures In XTS
Cadillac is showcasing a new feature — a vibrating seat — in its all-new Cadillac XTS, to warn drivers of crash threats when driving and parking. The Cadillac XTS is the first vehicle in the world to introduce such a feature. The Safety Alert System designed in the vehicle generates vibrating pulse through the left or right side of the lower bolster to alert drivers about potential dangers like drifting out of a lane of traffic or edging towards an object while parking. Experts consider the new move an intelligent one, as it will help communicate with drivers when their driving is about to get them into trouble. General Motors, however, claims that research shows the new system can “quickly and accurately” focus driver attention on the direction of potential dangers.
The seats constitute part of the Cadillac Driver Awareness and Driver Assist packages, which integrates other safety features such as forward collision alert lane departure warning, blind sport assist and rear cross traffic alert. The Safety Alert Seat relies on a number of sensors and cameras to help determine when vibration warnings should be activated. The Drive Awareness and Driver Assist packages will also be available this year in the Cadillac ATS luxury sedan and SRX luxury crossover.
“Using the tactile sense to communicate crash threat direction provides an effective and intuitive way to cut through the clutter of visual and auditory sensory information that drivers routinely experience,” General Motors active safety technical fellow Raymond Kiefer said. “It’s akin to someone tapping on your shoulder in a crowd to get your attention,” he added.
The brand new Cadillac XTS full-size luxury sedan has been designed to replace the DTS, its previous model and is based on the Epsilon II platform, which is set to share the space with the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Production of the 2013 Cadillac XTS will start in Ontario, Canada, in May.