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There's no escaping the 360-degree camera system on Cadillac's CT6

The Cadillac CT6 uses its surround view cameras to record goings on around the car
The Cadillac CT6 uses its surround view cameras to record goings on around the car
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There are seven cameras scattered around the Cadillac's exterior
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There are seven cameras scattered around the Cadillac's exterior
The CT6 uses its exterior cameras to record  the car's surroundings
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The CT6 uses its exterior cameras to record  the car's surroundings
The CT6's cameras work as an around view system on the move
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The CT6's cameras work as an around view system on the move
The CT6's cabin is meant to combine classic American cues with modern design
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The CT6's cabin is meant to combine classic American cues with modern design
The CT6 also has a night vision system
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The CT6 also has a night vision system
The Cadillac CT6 uses its surround view cameras to record goings on around the car
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The Cadillac CT6 uses its surround view cameras to record goings on around the car

Having spent your hard earned on a Cadillac CT6, the thought of someone leaving a big scrape down the side and taking off without leaving a note is enough to cause nightmares. Rather than burdening the leather-lined dash with a cheap dashcam, Cadillac is using four inbuilt cameras as a surround-vision video recorder. Beware, Caddy Big Brother is watching.

Okay, so the George Orwell comparisons may be a little bit dramatic. Basically, the system uses four cameras – one mounted in the front grille, one on the rear trunk lid and one on each side mirror – to capture a 360-degree record of what's going on around the car. When the driver leaves the car and activates the security system, the cameras are switched on, recording footage when a disturbance is detected.

The CT6 uses its exterior cameras to record  the car's surroundings
The CT6 uses its exterior cameras to record  the car's surroundings

As well as being useful for catching parking bump-and-run crooks, Cadillac says the cameras can be used to record vision of a memorable drive. We're not sure family and friends would be breaking down the door to attend that particular slide night, but safety and evidence gathering in the event of an accident are sure to be the prime uses for the system.

Captured footage is stored on an SD card located in the boot, and owners can download the footage whenever required. The cameras are also used to aid in maneuvering by providing a 360-degree view around the car on the vehicle's CUE screen and form part of the CT6's lane keeping assist system. Another three cameras on the car are used for the Rear Camera Mirror, lane keeping assist and nightvision systems.

The recording system will be standard on CT6 Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum models.

Source: Cadillac

5 comments
Mel Tisdale
If fitment of such systems were made compulsory as part of a 'black box flight recorder' for automobiles, I'll bet the increased cost would be more than covered by the reduced insurance premiums. Not only that, the roads would be a lot safer too.
StreetUrchin
@Mel... I agree! even a small percentage of cars on the road with various safety tech can significantly help the whole herd. It's 2-3 years out before I even think about replacing my current car, but will put the CT6 on the radar, have liked it every time it has come up in shows. Just watching what comes out for PHEVs over the next few years.
Bob Flint
One step further and engage the cameras to record any infractions to the DMV as the vehicle speeds, runs a light, tailgates, etc..... Insurance companies already reward good drivers, and monitor the driving habits with plug in devices into the OBC 2 modules. This will help train the drivers into better habits, and reduce the collisions, & deaths.
fb36
Many people already using dashcams to record all their driving. I think it is only a matter of time they become mandatory, which would be really good for everyone (except for bad people).
featherstone
All cars now have a "black box" that records sensor info from the engine, temp, speed, acceleration, braking — even information from inside the car......This is crash data — moment-by-moment statistics saved from the car's most recent journey. There are sensors under your seat, So if someone tried to say there was another person in the car at a crash who had run away, this will show at the time of collision there was not.Many law enforcement organizations can monitor this but don't. It might be good to include this info in the download from the cameras so the user has a complete info base.