The Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress starts today at the Cobo Center in Detroit and is the biggest automotive technology event in the world for 2005. GM has introduced the Cadillac STS SAE 100 that will serve as a working laboratory for future automotive technologies. The STS SAE 100 is powered by a supercharged version of the 6.0-liter LS2 engine making 505 horsepower and 520 lb-ft of torque. A list of new technologies is at the link.
Capless fuel system:
Removing a gas cap can be difficult for arthritic, disabled or elderly people. With this system, the user simply pushes an interior button and an electronically activated ball spins open to allow access to the fuel pipe, and closes when the nozzle is removed. In addition, a capless system means there?s no cap to lose and no risk of a loose cap triggering a dashboard warning light.
Side blind zone alert:
Radar sensors warn a driver about to change lanes if another vehicle is in the driver?s blind spot.
Inside rear-view mirror with embedded organic LED screen:
This new device offers clear images from the rear seat (via a rear seat camera) or back-up camera, depending on what gear the vehicle is in. In addition to improving visibility behind the vehicle, it can reduce the distraction associated with tending to rear seat passengers.
Two-piece carbon fiber wheel with magnesium spokes:
This two-piece wheel is designed to be the lightest yet strongest wheel in production, which reduces unsprung weight. Reducing unsprung weight improves acceleration, braking efficiency, handling and fuel consumption.
Electronic limited slip differential:
Unlike passive LSD, this technology enhances vehicle traction without brake/engine intervention, as well as provides additional vehicle stability from the differential yaw dampening effect. It also is easier to integrate with electronic stability control systems.
Advanced LED headlight / foglight optics
3-D navigation system:
This prototype system uses actual pictures taken by satellites to provide the driver with a ?bird?s-eye-view? of the vehicle?s surroundings. The images are so detailed that even trees and lampposts are visible. This detail helps the driver to relate the images on the navigation screen to his surroundings.
Oil condition sensor:
An industry first in new vehicle features, this oil probe can determine and detect the actual level and remaining engine oil life. It can reduce the need for costly engine repairs due to poor oil maintenance as well as prevent unnecessary oil changes.
Trunk is filled with electronics.