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Cadillac safety feature will give you a jolt

28

March

cadillac.jpgCadillac's new XTS luxury sedan will give you a jolt on your bottom when it senses danger. The sedan's driver's seat will vibrate to warn of crash threats while driving or parking. Called the Cadillac Safety Alert Seat, it vibrates pulses  on the left and/or right side of the lower bolster to alert the driver of potential dangers.

“It’s good to see automakers experimenting with new technology to help communicate to drivers when their driving is about to get them into trouble,” said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “We commend GM for their innovative use of haptic feedback and hope that drivers find it helpful.”

“It’s akin to someone tapping on your shoulder in a crowd to get your attention,” said, General Motors Active Safety Technical Fellow Raymond Kiefer. “Using the tactile sense to communicate crash threat direction provides an effective and intuitive way to cut through the clutter of visual and auditory sensory information that drivers routinely experience.”

The seat is part of the Cadillac Driver Awareness and Driver Assist packages.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:20pm]

    

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