Cadillac recently dropped a press release in our inbox that contained plans to offer advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies on some 2017 model year vehicles. Naturally, our curiosity kicked in because words like “intelligent” and “connected” have become even more important in today’s auto industry. So we read through the release and found some nuggets of information that indicated what Caddy’s got up its sleeve.

The first technological advancement will be an advanced driver assist technology called Super Cruise. A yet-to-be-named 2017 Cadillac will feature this new system, which will offer customers improved driving experience through hands-off lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions. Super Cruise is being developed to become a boon for drivers, specifically those driving on highways under a variety of road conditions. The description’s pretty interesting, although it’s hard to judge how effective it’s going to be until we see it in action.

Moving on, Cadillac also announced that the 2017 CTS Sedan will feature vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology. According to the automaker, this new system is supposed to improve traffic congestion by sending and receiving safety information between vehicles that are approaching each other. It’s going to be like these cars will be able to talk to each other and warn drivers of incoming road conditions that they can avoid beforehand.

We’re not sure how that’s going to work on surface streets, but on the highway, drivers can use these kinds of information to divert their routes before they get stuck in traffic.

That’s pretty cool.

Click past the jump to read more about Cadillac’s future intelligent technology.

Why It Matters

Cadillac deserves a lot of credit for putting in the time, money, and other resources to give its customers reason to be excited about its future models. General Motors CEO Mary Barra said it best during her keynote address at the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress in Detroit when she talked about innovation becoming the catalyst for improvement in the auto industry.

“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,” Barra added. “Through technology and innovation, we will make driving safer.”

Those words should ring music to the ears of Cadillac customers. Moreover, the automaker could also gain new customers because of it.

Cadillac CTS

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The 2015 Cadillac CTS Sedan arrived sporting some changes to its looks, most notably the revised grille and the updated Cadillac emblem. It’s a subtle yet effective update from the 2014 model, which ushered in the third generation for the CTS.

The 2015 CTS Sedan continues to feature three engine options, beginning with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder that produces 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. From there, a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine steps in with 321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Finally, the 3.6-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 takes center stage with its ridiculous output of 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.

Pricing for the 2015 CTS Sedan hasn’t been announced as of 9/10/2014, but the 2014 model begins at $45,100 for the base car with the 2.0-liter turbo and swells to as much as $75,000 for the CTS Vsport.

Press Release

Cadillac will begin offering advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies on certain 2017 model year vehicles, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Sunday during her keynote address at the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress in Detroit.

In about two years, an all-new 2017 Cadillac vehicle will offer customers an advanced driver assist technology called Super Cruise and in the same timeframe the 2017 Cadillac CTS will be enabled with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology.

“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. “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.”

Super Cruise, the working name for GM’s automated driving technology, will offer customers a new type of driving experience that includes hands-off lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions. The system is designed to increase the comfort of an attentive driver on freeways, both in bumper-to-bumper traffic and on long road trips.

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V2V communication technology could mitigate many traffic collisions and improve traffic congestion by sending and receiving basic safety information such as location, speed and direction of travel between vehicles that are approaching each other. It will warn drivers and can supplement active safety features, such as forward collision warning, already available on many production cars.

As the world becomes more congested and new populations need access to personal mobility, accidents continue to be a global concern. A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study estimated that the economic and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States is more than $870 billion per year.

“Advancing technology so that people can more safely live their lives is a responsibility we embrace,” Barra said.

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