Thursday, July 30, 2015

GM Testing New Safety Equipment At New Facility

General Motors and Chevrolet’s top priority is safety. They want their drivers and passengers to have the safest driving experience possible and have worked hard to incorporate safety features like forward collision alert, lane departure warning, backup camera, blind spot monitoring, brake assist, and even parking assist. Now General Motors is offering 22 different active safety technologies on 2016 model vehicles.

Safety engineers will develop and test these 22 features and others at their 52 acre Active Safety Test Area at its Milford Proving Ground near Detroit, Michigan. This $14 million dollar site opened officially last Friday. Some of the crash avoidance technologies that will be tested at the site include City Speed Front Automatic Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Rear Camera Mirror, Night Vision, and Curb View Camera.

The testing area features a 16 acre dynamic pad for testing a variety of robot-controlled and automated vehicles, highway simulation with 6 lanes (off/onramp, controlled lighting, road signs), parking test area, pedestrian test area (90-degree traffic intersections, specially designed rig for accurate dummy movement), simulated tunnel with walls and posts, and a building for observation (indoor testing, hoists for preparation, and robotic control station.)

This facility is particularly ideal for Cadillac’s V2V (vehicle to vehicle) communications technology. This technology will be standard on 2017 Cadillac models and hopes to create a standard for crash avoidance technology in the future. The V2V technology allows vehicles to “talk” to each other and exchange basic safety data which will allow the vehicles to avoid collisions.

The testing facility will also be used to assess performance in regulatory and insurance industry consumer metric tests like those performed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Euro New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as well as others.

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