An off-brand X-Box controller and a tablet computer sit on the Cadillac SRX’s console. The controller is able to control the vehicle, but a driver is still needed to steer. Photo by Daniel Wheaton, SHF Wire

Roads will be safer when cars can talk to each other

MCLEAN, Va. – While Taylor Lochrane was driving through a heavy rainstorm in Virginia, the lack of visibility didn’t worry him. He pressed a few buttons on the Cadillac SRX Crossover’s console, allowing the vehicle’s cruise control to maintain a large gap between his car and the one he was following, preventing a possible crash. “The radar could see the car, even though I couldn’t,” he said. The Cadillac’s radar adds another layer to regular cruise control, making it able to react to the environment using what is called adaptive cruise control.