While autonomous, self-driving cars aren’t expected to show up anytime soon, automakers do point out that they’re hard at work bringing more safety and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) systems to the cars right now. So what does the 2015 model year look like for these advanced technologies?
- The 2015 Infiniti Q80 is able to alert drivers if they’re drifting out of lanes, and selectively apply brakes to specific wheels so the car will be nudged back into line. This flagship model joins the 2014 Infiniti Q70 with its Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems. Several new cars are now able to issue lane departure warnings, but the Infiniti technology takes it one step further.
- General Motors is bringing out 30 of its 2015 models with its OnStar 4GLTE mobile broadband. This V2V system could help mitigate car crashes and help bring down congestion by communicating basic information on the cars’ locations, speeds, and travel directions. GM says that the V2V technology will warn drivers of events on the road and can supplement other safety features such as the forward collision warning already featured on some GM cars.
- Volvo will be making a North American debut of its “Drive Me” autonomous vehicle test program during the Connected Car Expo in Los Angeles on Nov. 18. Volvo executives will be on hand to discuss the car’s progressive autopilot technology. The automaker began the test project earlier this year in Sweden; there’s no word yet on when these Drive Me models will be for sale on dealer lots.