To test The new XTS advanced safety features, Cadillac chose New York’s famous Brooklyn Bridge. The place provided them with a real-life testing ground for the Driver Awareness and Driver Assist, featured in the new Cadillac XTS as well as ATS. The systems are so sophisticated apparently they can tell the difference between stationary objects like guard rails and bridge structure from vehicle traffic.
Why is that important, you may be asking. Well, some of the ordinary radar-based safety system get confused with obstacles and mistake them for vehicles approaching, and apply the brake unnecessarily. That can be annoying.
“The camera, sensors and radar technology act as the ‘brain’ behind all the safety features, feeding data 25 times per second into the car’s computer network,” Nickolaou said. “We found that the best way to test the system’s accuracy was to gauge its performance in stressful driving conditions that could confuse it, like those conditions found on the Brooklyn Bridge.”