The Future of Navigation devices in Atlanta cars

At The Southtowne General Motors Superstore, we’ve seen all of the advancements in Atlanta cars. In some cases, we’ve even had a glimpse into the future well before the buying public. In this piece, we’re going to take a look at the advancement in GPS systems in Atlanta cars.

Within the last decade, driving has been made a whole lot easier with the invention of car GPS systems.  It has allowed us to unteather ourselves from cumbersome folding maps and, good news men, we will never have to stop somewhere and ask for directions.  So, where do we go from here?  Well MIT and Volkswagen are teaming up to test out new and exciting ways to get from point A to point B.

Their new navigation tool is being called AIDA, and it works by using the top of your dashboard as a virtual map.  In the video below you will notice how it will allow you to do more than just drive with knowledge of the route, but also reserve a table at a restaurant and buy tickets to an upcoming show.

So what do you think?  Does it look more cumbersome and distracting than helpful, or would you be willing to get one if they came out?  Let me know in the comments!  And if you still need directions to find a great new car in Atlanta, swing by the Southtowne General Motors Superstore.

Southtowne thinks you are a distracted driver…but what type are you?

Southtowne GM Superstore knows the types, do you? OK, I’ll be honest, I actually just ran by an article recently and this is basically my paraphrasing of what I took away from the piece. There are three types of distractions – visual, manual and cognitive. Taking your eyes off the road is a visual distraction. Taking your hands off the wheel is considered a manual distraction and lastly, taking your mind off what you’re doing is a cognitive distraction.

Driving distractions include cell phone usage, eating/drinking, talking to other passengers, reading, using the GPS and changing the radio. Texting while driving is by far the biggest and most dangerous distraction, though, because it involves all three types of distraction.

As I looked into it more, I found that statistics of distracted driving were quite eye-opening. Check out these statistics from www.distraction.gov.

  • 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA).
  • Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (NHTSA)
  • In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. (FARS and GES)
  • The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. (NHTSA)
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah)

So my fellow Georgians, do you consider yourself a distracted driver? I do. Try thinking about these statistics the next time your in your new Buick, GMC, Cadillac or Chevrolet and reach to pick up your cell phone.

Atlanta Car Drivers: The Dangers of Driving Drowsy

Driving your cars in Atlanta drowsy shouldn’t be taken lightly. I know we’ve all done it, but did you know that fatigue is a factor in 100,000 accidents a year? Most of them involve teen drivers. This is important to recognize because teens have a habit of habitually driving while drowsy. If fact, driving drowsy is much like driving intoxicated, yet driving a little sleepy is often not regarded as dangerous circumstance.

It only takes one mistake to change your life and possibly someone else’s forever. In fact, assuming that you can safely navigate yourself to your destination is more perilous than you might think. Watch the video below to see what I mean.

Here are some tips from AAA to help prevent drivers from falling asleep behind the wheel.

  • Get plenty of sleep (at least seven hours).
  • Stop driving if you feel sleepy. Safely pull over and take a short power nap to help you rejuvenate and get back on the road.
  • Travel during daylight times and not overnight.
  • Take a break every two hours.
  • Try some caffeine, although it takes about 30 minutes to feel the effects.
  • Travel with someone who will be awake and who can talk to you or take on some of the driving responsibilities. Often lively conversation will help keep you awake and focused.

The bottom line is that if you are tired, do your best to avoid getting behind the wheel. If you are already behind the wheel, stop, take a 20 min. nap and grab a cup of coffee or an energy drink.

Cadillac Takes Infotainment to the Next Level in 2012

Are you ready for the ultimate personal driving experience, Atlanta car enthusiasts? The Cadillac User Experience (CUE) system is coming soon to the Cadillac XTS and ATS, with ground-breaking levels of customized connectivity. CUE is a complete suite of infotainment, navigation and communication tools designed to keep you fully connected.

The CUE center display is a vivid eight-inch LCD touch screen, with a motorized faceplate at the bottom that hides a 1.8-liter storage area for your phone, garage door opener, sunglasses or anything else you’d want to store away.

The LCD screen features your five most frequently used functions on the top, and up to 60 of your favorites functions like music, addresses, weather and direction maps, phone numbers and more on the bottom of the screen.  It also has iPhone/iPod-like swipe functionality that lets you easily navigate through the system.

In the past, voice commands have fallen short in my opinion. But CUE is equipped with natural voice recognition, which is an industry-first that allows the driver to speak commands in a normal conversation voice instead of having to say specific, monotone commands.

Sound interesting yet? Wait until you hear about my favorite CUE feature: the 12.3-inch reconfigurable LCD gauge cluster that can be customized into one of four screen layouts. The different layouts combine your typical gas and speed gauges with navigation, phone and other entertainment information.

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Layout 1: Typical three-gauge display, with a tachometer and speedometer, along with engine temperature and fuel level. You’ll also see your basic music playback information.

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Layout 2: Numerical speed indicator in the center, a gas pump,  tire pressure monitoring display and map and integrated turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

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Layout 3: Enlarged speedometer and tachometer, fuel gauge, temp readings, TPMS and a 3D animated rendering of the vehicle displaying performance information.

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Layout 4:  Simple display of speed, fuel level, tire pressure and phone or audio information.

The CUE features I’ve mentioned so far are just a high-level overview of this system’s capabilities. Check out this video from Cadillac to get the full details on the future of technology in our Atlanta cars. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait.

 

Look for GM’s Center Air Bag in the 2013 Chevy Traverse

This is why The Southtowne General Motors Superstore is a proud representative of the GM brand. Last Thursday, GM announced that they plan to add a center air bag as a standard to all crossover vehicles in 2013 including the Chevy Traverse. Though this isn’t required by federal safety standards, GM is dedicated to delivering the highest standards of safety for their customers.

According to GM’s analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System database, side-impact crashes accounted for 11 percent of fatalities between 2004 – 2009. In the same type of crashes, the passenger on the non-struck side of the car represented 29 percent of fatalities.

This type of center air bag is an industry first and will help reduce injury to front seat passengers during side-impact crashes. It’s located between the driver’s front and passenger seats and provides cushioning between drivers and front passengers. Check out this video and see how it works.

In the press release, Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said, “The front center airbag has real potential to save lives in side crashes. GM and Takata are to be commended for taking the lead in this important area.”

And boy is he right. It took three years of testing different designs to achieve the perfect packaging, cushioning and restraint for several different crash and occupant positioning scenarios before GM and supplier Takata finalized the design.

So Newnan, GA Chevrolet drivers, are you ready for the latest advancement in air bag safety, I know I am!