Sunday, April 07, 2013

Cadillac ATS is an Awareness Angel, looking after the driver's safety

The safety features on the 2013 Cadillac ATS are impressive, especially to someone who's current car is a 2000 New Beetle.

Safety is fun on the Cadillac ATS, making driving and parking like a game.

Cadillac ATS is an angel. Collision alert system is cool.

Cadillac ATS is an angel. Crash avoidance system is cool.

The Cadillac ATS has sensors that give you both a visual and physical warning if you come too close to something.

In this example I was parking in my garage and the sensor started warning me about the proximity to the front wall.

First YELLOW. Caution.

Then RED when I got very close. When RED, the front seat also vibrated.

Very cool.

This also comes into play when you are driving along a marked roadway and get too close to the center lane. The Cadillac ATS has a lane departure warning system where the left side of the driver's seat rumbles. ;-)

Made me drive too close to the center lane a few too many times.

Cadillac ATS backup camera. Guidelines turn with the steering wheel.

Cadillac ATS backup camera. Guidelines turn w/ wheel.

I've known about backup cameras in cars, but I didn't realize that the grid that's displayed on the screen, varies depending on which way you turn your steering wheel. So if I'm backing out of a space to the left, the grid angles to the left and shows you the expected path.

Very cool.

Like the front collision alert system, the rear camera's grid changes color between yellow and red, then pops up a '!' warning when you are close to the car behind you.

I used this today to back into a spot, and had to get out of the car to confirm what I was seeing on the screen.

It's accurate and I love it. Now I need a front camera too. ;-)

GM Disclosure:


GM provided me with a 2013 Cadillac ATS to test for a week. The car came with a full tank of gas and insurance coverage. I was not asked to write anything about the car in exchange for the opportunity and was not provided any other compensation of any kind. All opinions I express regarding the Cadillac ATS are my own.

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