Four GM Technologies Named Finalists for Canadian Automotive Innovation Awards

Coming in from the Great White North, General Motors has had several of its technology innovations make the shortlist for the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s 2020 Automotive Innovation Awards.

The awards are given out in three categories reflecting three different areas where automakers can show their ability to innovate to make driving better and more efficient. The finalists in each category were narrowed down from a long list of possibilities. Each automaker picked as a finalist will get the chance to present its tech to a panel of seven judges, made up of some of the most knowledgable and experienced automotive journalists in Canada.

In the first of the three categories, Best Safety Innovation, GM had two of the three shortlist features. The first is Cadillac’s Night Vision. The system uses infrared cameras mounted in the nose of Cadillacs like the all-new XT6 crossover, and allows the driver to be alerted to pedestrians, animals, and other obstacles well before they could see them using only the vehicle’s headlights. The second is Chevrolet’s “Buckle to Drive” system, introduced with the 2020 Traverse. When active, that feature can stop the driver from shifting the vehicle out of park until their seat belt is fastened. It’s part of Chevrolet’s Teen Driver suite of features that are designed to keep young drivers safe but can likely benefit all of us behind the wheel.

Under Best Technical Innovation, the GM Transparent Trailer View system that debuted on the latest Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra was one of the four finalists. That system uses cameras mounted in the mirrors of the pickup as well as an accessory camera attached to the trailer that combine images to make a composite image that lets drivers see, essentially, through their trailer. Making driving with an enclosed trailer not just safer, but much less stressful. Also in that category was Cadillac’s Super Cruise with Upgrades. Super Cruise is the semi-autonomous driver assistance feature that launched on the Cadillac CT6 and can handle not just acceleration and braking, but also maintain its place in-lane on more than 200,000 miles of mapped divided highways in North America. It tracks your vision to make sure you’re paying attention to the road, but the system does not require you to put your hands on the wheel.

No GM tech features made the shortlist for Best Green Innovation.

The awards presentation will be announced during AJAC’s annual TestFest vehicle testing event on October 29th.

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