General Motors will introduce in 2016 what may be the first car that can talk to other cars to prevent accidents, it announced Sunday.
In addition GM will start rolling out semi-self-driving technology to cars as an option, also in 2016.
The first car to receive vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) car to car communication will be the 2017 model year Cadillac CTS sedan (to be sold in 2016). It can only communicate with other cars that have the same technology, however, so its use will be limited initially. GM said the Fed also has to finalize requirements for this V2V technology before it can be deployed. Also, the new technology will allow cars to communicate with road infrastructure or V2I technology to help reduce traffic.
Also in 2016, GM will start rolling out handsfree driving (or semi-autonomous driving) that uses lane following and speed control. GM calls this “Super Cruise” technology.
GM CEO Mary Barra, told attendees of the Intelligent Transportation Society’s World Congress Sunday that this type of technology is now “imperative,” to prevent accidents and the environment.
Traffic jams cause urban Americans to travel 5.5 billion more hours and purchase an extra 2.9 billion gallons of fuel each year, according to the Texas Transportation Research Institute.
Barra also announced that GM will help create 120 miles of V2I enabled roads in metro Detroit, which when complete, will be the largest use of V2I tech in the US. It is joining forces with other automakers and the Michigan DOT and University of Michigan on the project.
“The sooner the industry puts a critical mass of V2V-equipped vehicles on the road, the more accidents we’ll prevent… and the more society – and individual drivers – will benefit. The same holds true for V2I,” she said.