GM to launch vehicle-to-vehicle communications and automated driving in 2016 image

Chief Executive Mary Barra announced yesterday during a press conference that General Motors is ready to introduce within two years a model that can “talk” to other cars to avoid crashes.

During the same presentation, the CEO of the largest US automaker also explained that although full-automated driving technology is not yet viable, in the same timeframe for the connected car the company would also reveal technology that allows a new model to drive itself in some instances.

“I’m convinced customers will embrace (vehicle-to-vehicle) and automated driving technologies for one simple reason: they are the answer to everyday problems that people want solved,” said Barra.

During the course of 2016, most likely in its latter part, the maker will unveil a 2017 model year Cadillac CTS sedan that has vehicle-to-vehicle technology. Another, yet unnamed Cadillac model that is slotted in a new, previously untapped segment will debut the Super Cruise feature.

“With Super Cruise, when there’s a congestion alert on roads like California’s Santa Monica Freeway, you can let the car take over and drive hands free and feet free through the worst stop-and-go traffic around,” Barra said in the speech at Cobo Center in Detroit. “If the mood strikes you on the high-speed road from Barstow, California, to Las Vegas, you can take a break from the wheel and pedals and let the car do the work. Having it done for you — that’s true luxury.”

While the news of the new features could seem to be on the Sci-Fi side of the business, the automated and connected vehicle technology is every bit contemporary: automakers around the world are working on both now and the US legislators have outlined legislation to make the latter mandatory.