Cadillac CT6 V-Sport Boasts ADAS, Connectivity Features

General Motors flagship luxury brand Cadillac is rolling out the CT6 V-Sport sedan, which is equipped with a slew of advanced driver assistance (ADAS) features and a connected infotainment system.

The 550-horsepower, four-door CT6 V-Sport features what the company calls a smartphone-like infotainment experience with improved voice recognition from previous generations, and the system can be updated over time.

The cloud-connected system offers an optional embedded 4G LTE connection, while available connected navigation and news, marketplace and entertainment applications can be downloaded through the app store.

In addition, rear-seat infotainment options offer media input through USB, HDMI or WiFi connection to smartphones.

Lest you have to worry about draining your smartphone on long trips, the CT6 V-Sport boasts a 5-watt wireless charging station, recently upgraded to offer a larger charge area than in previous models.

Front-seat occupants can take advantage of a 10-inch diagonal touchscreen with 1080p HD resolution, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity integrate smartphone functions, info, apps and music with the system display.

“Customers are looking for an infotainment system that is easy to use, connected and offers a more personable experience, Lisa Sieradski, Cadillac’s product manager for the CT6, told The Connected Car. “Today’s infotainment systems need to leverage the cloud to enhance how customers experience personalization, available navigation, voice recognition, system updates and in-vehicle applications.”

Sieradski explained that through personalization, customers can create individual accounts and settings for each user, including the display, radio presets, favorite points of interest and contacts and preferred navigation routes.

The extensive list of ADAS and safety features starts with what Cadillac is calling an industry-first — a video recording system, which can record front and rear views, while driving and 360 degrees of recording if the vehicle’s security system is activated.

The video system also provides a 360-degree camera view around the vehicle, displayed on the Cadillac user experience screen, helping the driver avoid nearby objects during low-speed maneuvering.

The full suite of active safety features includes forward collision alert, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and forward and reverse automatic braking.

In addition, a night vision feature is designed to identify people and large animals through heat signatures, which are displayed in the driver information center.

Rear pedestrian detection alerts the driver, when in reverse, of an imminent collision with a pedestrian by providing visual notification on rear view camera display, while front pedestrian braking provides pedestrian detection indications, alerts and automatic braking to help drivers avoid collisions or reduce the harm caused by one.

The Caddy also offers advanced parking assistance, which steers the car and applies the brakes at idle speed to help park in parallel or perpendicular spaces while the driver follows text commands, selects gear, and overrides braking and acceleration as needed.

Sieradski noted GM strives to provide the highest security standards to satisfy consumer concerns that connected cars can be hacked, adding that the company employs a robust product cybersecurity strategy.

“Our three-pillar approach employs defense-in-depth, monitoring and detection, and incident response capabilities to protect our customers, their vehicles, and their data,” she said.

— Nathan Eddy is a filmmaker and freelance journalist based in Berlin. Follow him on Twitter @dropdeaded209_LR


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