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 |  Feb 10 2012, 7:17 PM

Cadillac‘s 2013 XTS will get new safety features starting this fall that make it GM’s most technically advanced production car to date.

Known as sensor fusion, GM’s latest safety system uses a complex mix of tools to alert drivers of potential hazards. Essentially, it combines GM’s list of safety technologies and as the name would suggest, fuses them to provide a greater level of information to the driver than was available on past GM vehicles.

“We believe sensor fusion will enable future active safety systems to handle a greater number of inputs to provide 360 degrees of crash risk detection and enhanced driver assist features,” said Bakhtiar Litkouhi, GM Research and Development lab group manager for perception and vehicle control systems.

While the alerts XTS drivers will enjoy aren’t new, the way GM is integrating them into one system is.

“A system that combines the strengths of multiple sensing technologies and expertly manages those inputs can provide advisory, warning, and control interventions to help drivers avoid collisions and save lives,” Litkouhi said.

Looking into the future, GM says sensor fusion is a step toward autonomous driving, something we’ve already seen Volvo and BMW working on.

Beyond that, the company is using their sensor technology to help develop other systems like LIDAR, a light detecting and ranging technology that uses laser pulses to measure an upcoming vehicle’s proximity to the driver.

For more info on GM’s sensor fusion system, watch this video.

 |  Jun 13 2011, 3:03 PM

Nissan has officially announced, that sales of the updated 2012 Leaf will start in the fall of 2012. The 2012 Leaf will include the addition of a standard heater, heated outside mirrors, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and a rear HVAC duct. A quick charge port has also been added as standard equipment on Leaf SL models.

Two trim-levels are available including the SV and SL. The SL will feature a photo voltaic solar panel spoiler that supports charging of the 12-volt battery for car accessories, fog lights, auto headlights and cargo covers.

The Leaf will be powered by a 107-hp electric motor that is powered by lithium-ion cells. The Leaf is capable of driving a range of 100 miles with a top speed of 90 mph. Charging the car will take up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. However, buyers can opt for the DC 50 kW quick charger, allowing up to 80 percent charge in under 30 minutes.

The Leaf will start at $32,780 however with a federal tax-credit, prices will come in as low as $25,280.

[Source: egm Car Tech]