After eight years of researching driver behavior, General Motors has launched a safety technology which automatically can stop a vehicle traveling at low speeds to avoid a crash.
The low-speed front and rear automatic braking act as a final resort if the driver fails to see another vehicle or object. Through the use of radar, cameras and sensors, the system sharply applies the brakes instead of the driver to avoid a crash. The Driver Assist package, which also includes high-speed collision mitigation braking that helps slow the car down to minimize the impact of an accident, is available on the 2013 Cadillac ATS, SRX and XTS vehicles.
It also includes a range of other safety technology such as full-speed adaptive cruise control that works in stop-and-go-traffic. The Driver Assist package is available as an option and costs $3,200 for those who choose a premium trim line.
Low-speed braking works in areas such as parking lots or private drives when a car is traveling less than 20 mph. The technology will also have a switch off button. “We want the driver to be happy. We want them to be in control. If we can get this right, that really gets us on our way towards automation,” said Charles Green, a GM driver performance specialist and engineer who developed the Driver Assist package of technologies.