General Motors CEO Mary Barra has confirmed that Cadillac will begin offering a new strain of advanced intelligent and connected technologies on a number of its vehicles beginning with the 2017 model year. The announcement was made during her keynote speech at this week's Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress in Detroit. The first of these new technologies will be a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications system on the 2017 Cadillac CTS. The second new driver-assist will be the division's "Super Cruise" semi-autonomous system that can deliver hands-free lane-following, braking and speed control under certain highway driving conditions. Providing a significant expansion of capabilities found on Cadillac's existing Driver Assist Package, Super Cruise is slated to debut on an all-new yet-unnamed range-topping model that "will define the brand in terms of innovation and excellence." 

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"A tide of innovation has invigorated the global auto industry, and we are taking these giant leaps forward to remain a leader of new technology," Barra said, also indicating that these new systems will be incorporated into other GM products in the coming years. "We are not doing this for the sake of the technology itself. We're doing it because it's what customers around the world want. Through technology and innovation, we will make driving safer." Hopefully, it also will make it more cost-effective. According to the latest study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the estimated economic and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. each year now exceeds $870 billion.

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