DETROIT — Cadillac will offer a streaming video rearview technology in the upcoming 2016 CT6 that will vastly expand a driver's vision as if she were in a convertible.
"In addition to the increased field of view, the technology eliminates any rear seat, rear pillar or passenger obstructions, allowing the driver an unimpeded view of the lanes behind and traditional blind spots," said Travis Hester, executive chief engineer for the CT6.
The rear-drive car, which is scheduled to go into production at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant late next year, will be bigger than the XTS and will compete with the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Johan de Nysschen, who took over as Cadillac's president in September, envisions the CT6 as a flagship car that is crucial to his long-term goal of narrowing the global sales gap between Cadillac and its German competitors Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi.
The camera will be located near the license plate box on the rear deck lid, similar to current rear-vision cameras on other new models. What will distinguish this system is its ability to reduce glare in low-light settings while delivering a high-resolution (1280-by-240-pixel) image to the rearview mirror.
A hydrophobic coating on the camera is designed to protect from rain, snow and slush so the image is not blurred or distorted by weather conditions.
Cadillac engineers and product development people were awarded 10 patents on the system, one for the streaming video mirror and nine for video processing.
A driver can disable the function by flipping a toggle on the bottom of the mirror after which it will work like a traditional rearview mirror.
Cadillac will not show the CT6 at next month's North American International Auto Show. It may debut at the New York Auto Show in April.
In addition to this feature, the car also will showcase GM's advanced driver-assist to deliver semiautonomous driving capability. It will also use lightweight materials, likely more aluminum, to improve fuel economy.
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