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Cadillac CT6 Offers Rearview Mirror with Video

March 02, 2016

The Cadillac CT6 sedan's available rear camera mirror has drawn approval by federal safety regulators. Photo courtesy of General Motors.
The Cadillac CT6 sedan's available rear camera mirror has drawn approval by federal safety regulators. Photo courtesy of General Motors.

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan offers such advanced safety features as night vision, pedestrian collision mitigation, Surround Vision, and a rear camera mirror just recently approved by federal safety regulators.

The available rear camera mirror is designed to provide a better view of what’s behind the car. With just a touch, the driver can activate it and stream HD video through the rearview mirror itself. A camera located at the rear of the vehicle generates the live video images.

“This creates a less obstructed view that offers 300 percent more vision than an ordinary standard mirror allows,” General Motors said.

Turning the feature off, however, is just as simple. The mirror then becomes a traditional rearview mirror.

At the request of General Motors, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration viewed a demonstration of the system and later confirmed in a letter that the rear camera mirror complies with existing federal safety standards requiring an “inside rearview mirror of unit magnification.” 

The vehicle’s available Surround Vision system provides additional coverage automatically when the car is in “reverse” or on demand in “drive.” Surround Vision provides a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle and the areas immediately around it. This view, projected on the Cadillac CUE screen, helps reduce blind spots. It’s particularly helpful when maneuvering in and out of tight spots, according to GM.

The available night vision system uses thermal technology to show people and large animals ahead that pose a potential hazard.

Pedestrian collision mitigation, available as part of the Driver Assist Package, uses a camera to scan the road ahead and look for pedestrians. If a pedestrian is detected, a series of indicators and alerts is activated. If necessary, the vehicle can auto-brake to avoid a collision.

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