Do Advanced Safety Systems Make Drivers Lazy?

Jim Nickolaou, an engineer for General Motors, tested the advanced driver-assistance systems in the new Cadillac XTS and upcoming ATS, including the Automatic Collision Preparation and Front and Rear Automatic Braking systems that are used in Cadillac’s Safety Alert Seat to deliver warnings to drivers via a pulse through the seat cushion. Previously in his career, Nickolaou developed and tested radar and other systems for F-14 and F-15 fighter jets, and he also worked on the GM team that built autonomous vehicles for the DARPA Grand Challenge in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University.