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Cadillac Introduces Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

Cadillac introduces Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications this month in the CTS performance sedan, beginning with 2017 cars in production now. V2V-equipped vehicles share information that can be used to alert drivers to upcoming potential hazards, laying the groundwork for a connected future.

Cadillac’s V2V solution uses Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) and GPS and can handle 1,000 messages per second from vehicles up to nearly 1,000 feet away. For example, when a car approaches an urban intersection, the technology scans the vicinity for other vehicles and tracks their positions, directions and speeds, warning the driver of potential hazards that might otherwise be invisible.

V2V-enabled data alerts drivers of potentially hazardous situations ahead, giving them additional time to react. Common hazardous scenarios that prompt alerts are hard braking, slippery conditions and disabled vehicles. Through the next-generation Cadillac infotainment system, drivers can customize alerts to show in the instrument cluster and available head-up display.

Only vehicles equipped with compatible V2V systems communicate with one another. Multiple V2V-equipped vehicles create an ad hoc wireless network that allows for the transfer of information without relying on sight lines, good weather conditions or cellular coverage.

Behold the elegant simplicity of the Volvo XC60
A few years ago, I drove a 2015 Volvo XC60 for a week. About the only thing I didn’t like about it was the infotainment system, which had changed little from when the XC60 was first introduced at the end of the Bush administration. A Volvo rep once told me that sales of the XC60 “kept the lights on” at Volvo, keeping the company in business long enough to develop and release the excellent XC90 SUV, S90 sedan, and V90 wagon over the past few years. Read more
Chevy has built a $37.5K all-electric car capable of a 238-mile range

We took a closer look at the new Chevy Bolt, the $37.5K all-electric car.

Some highlights: 

  • $37,495 base price
  • 238 miles of range per charge
  • Data-rich infotainment system
  • 0-60 in less than 6.5 seconds
  • 200 HP

More From Business Insider

The events in Boston last week drew the world’s attention and sympathy, not because they were any more tragic or gruesome than the drone strikes that killed women and children in Pakistan and Yemen or the two hundred plus people killed by an Earthquake in China, but because US Hollywood Infotainment Inc. has much high production values for reporting on when Bad Things Happen To White America.  Those values implicitly carry a weighting system that can be seen in most movies - white people characters are nuanced (men much more than women) have emotions and can empathise. We are encouraged to identify with them, to admire them, to value them. They are worth saving. They. Are. Worth. More.  People of colour, in comparison, are most often either objects of the White Saviour Complex, pitied / dis-empowered / emasculated victims of injustice, or they are villains who threaten white civilization. So it is that a relatively small disturbance in the fabric of White American Suburban Life can garner such attention, and time / web + print space spent on coverage,  whilst other much larger, systemic and institutionalised disturbances in American and foreign lives are relegated to Shit Happened To Other People Worth Less.


Infotain Me by Ochre.

I think this song just perfectly catches the atmosphere of what it feels like to be entertained yet informed about something. This is like political satire coming to life you guys! (Information + Entertainment = Infotainment)


Fake Documentary Trailer
I would totally watch this if it were real.

Frank Oceans Father to sue

Frank Oceans estranged father is allegedly suing the ‘Pyramids’ singer for £1Million

Since feuding with Christ Brown in June 2011 on Twitter, the singer has been somewhat more reserved in his use of the social network, but In an unusual move, a normally private Ocean tweeted

@frank_ocean “father wanna sue me for a million. like i owe him back child support. weak individual bought me a swiss knife at 6yrs old then dipped on me.“ 

the status has since been removed but not long after he tweeted

@frank_ocean "i got his DNA though, maybe I inherited some of his karma too.”

It is not unusual for estranged parents to resurface and try to lay claim to family fortune, but Frank Has made it clear previously that he has no relationship with his father, so it will be interesting to learn on what grounds he is being sued.

Whilst we hope he does resolve any issues he may have with his Dad, at the very least we hope he channels this into new material (No pun intended). It will probably be quite a wait though as the multi Grammy nominee will allegedly be taking a break from music to write a novel.

Ending speculation about whether or not he would write the book, He said in an interview with The Guardian

“ I don’t intend to stop making music. This isn’t a faux retirement. It’s no bullshit. I was just making music yesterday. But I do think – it would be fucking legendary if I just made Channel Orange last year, then put out a best-selling novel next year, then, you know, designed an arena in Stockholm in 2014! I don’t know! You just do what you can and you have as much fun as possible, and love your life as much as you can despite the bullshit and all the expectations and shit.”

Hopefully not too long Frank.