Technology and Safety go Hand-in-Hand at GM

October 15th, 2010 by

One of my favorite things about working with Cadillac, Buick, and GMC vehicles is GM’s focus on safety and making it a first priority in everything they do.  A recent post in the GM Fastlane Blog announced that a variety of in-vehicle technologies will be introduced in the upcoming months:

We’ll be providing access to applications like Pandora, Stitcher and XM for the latest music, podcasts and up-to-the-minute sports scores, weather and stock quotes. We’ll also be delivering new voice recognition systems that allow you make a call or play songs from your iPod with plain English commands. Ultimately, our next-generation infotainment systems will connect the vehicle with the cloud, delivering unique solutions – and we’ll talk more about that in the months to come.

With all of these advancements, there’s one thing that we’ll never lose sight of, and that’s the safety of those in our vehicles. We will lead in developing solutions that minimize driver workload with an emphasis on keeping hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

We’ll increasingly rely on voice recognition solutions that minimize driver distraction, and we have a team of researchers and engineers at our Technical Center in Warren, Mich. whose job it is to test and validate all of our connectivity solutions using our advanced interior simulator (pictured).

The simulator allows us to measure driver behavior while they complete simple tasks like changing a radio station or inputting a navigation destination. The team looks at eye movements, pedal and steering adjustments that result from completing the tasks.

If it takes too long for a driver to complete the task, we go back to the drawing board and make the task simpler, and that’s what is going to make tomorrow’s Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC cars and trucks leaders in the marketplace.

GM Fastlane Blog

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