Date
17 December 2017
General Motors plans to deploy vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems as standard on the 2017 Cadillac CTS sedan. Photo: Bloomberg
General Motors plans to deploy vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems as standard on the 2017 Cadillac CTS sedan. Photo: Bloomberg

GM to offer connected car, automated driving technology

General Motors will launch within two years a car that can communicate with other vehicles to help avoid accidents and ease traffic congestion, Reuters cited the firm’s chief executive as saying.

The US auto giant also plans to introduce in 2016 advanced technology that allows hands-free driving in some cases, Mary Barra was quoted as saying on Sunday.

“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,” Barra said in a speech, according to the report.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has made developing connected car technologies a high priority. When cars can also talk to surrounding infrastructure, the gains will be exponential, Barra said.

However, commercializing a fully automated vehicle may take until the next decade, she said.

In 2016, GM will sell a 2017 model Cadillac CTS sedan equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle technology. However, the car can only communicate with similarly equipped vehicles and it will take time for the industry to introduce the technology broadly, GM officials said, according to the report.

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