Starting this month, all Cadillac CTS Sedans sold in the U.S. and Canada will be equipped with Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications technology. The setup will allow these cars to automatically share information with other vehicles fitted with a compatible V2V systems and alert their drivers about potentially hazardous situations. While the scope of this new technology is limited to other CTS Sedans at the moment, Richard Brekus, Cadillac global director of Product Strategy points the huge future upside V2V has when it comes reducing traffic-related injuries and deaths by increasing the amount of time a driver has to respond to a threatening condition. It’s also destined to have an impact on future autonomous vehicle capabilities.

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“Connecting vehicles through V2V holds tremendous potential, as this technology enables the car to acquire and analyze information outside the bounds of the driver’s field of vision,” notes Brekus. “As an early mover, we look forward to seeing its benefit multiply as more V2V-equipped vehicles hit the road."

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Operating on the FCC-designated 5.9Ghz spectrum, Cadillac’s V2V system uses Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) and GPS to receive and analyze up to 1,000 messages per second from a compatible vehicles that can be traveling up to 980 feet away. The warnings can provide a welcome heads-up on a wide range of potential threats, from slick surface conditions and disabled vehicles sitting in-lane or at the side of the road to early notice of a car approaching a blind intersection.

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