Rear Seat Reminder in the all-new 2018 GMC Terrain.


Expand Deployment of New Technologies

When it comes to safety, there’s no time to waste. GM is rapidly rolling out innovative features that protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

A priority for newly developed safety technologies is to make them rapidly available throughout our product portfolio. In 2017, we expanded availability of Rear Seat Reminder to 21 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC models. Rear Seat Reminder monitors rear door usage to remind drivers to check their rear seats before walking away from their vehicles. The feature is intended to activate when either rear door is opened and closed up to 10 minutes before the vehicle is started or while the vehicle is running. The intent is to decrease incidents of children suffering heatstroke after being forgotten in vehicles.

Data to Drive Safety and Sustainability

OnStar Smart Driver collects driving behavior metrics such as hard braking and acceleration, actions that not only can be higher-risk behaviors, but also use excess fuel and put extra strain on vehicles. The program calculates a monthly “score” and issues a report for drivers to compare to others enrolled in the program. Without revealing any personal information, drivers can share their driving data with participating insurance providers and may qualify for insurance discounts.

OnStar Smart Driver score, which can be compared anonymously against other drivers enrolled in the service.

Similarly, Surround Vision aims to help shrink the estimated 15,000 injuries caused every year by backover crashes. This technology, now available in select Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac vehicles, gives drivers greater visibility of their vehicle’s perimeter when backing up and parking. The technology uses four cameras: the standard Rear Vision Camera, a forward-looking camera in the front grille and two side-looking cameras under each side mirror. When drivers shift into Reverse, the bird’s-eye view is displayed on the center stack instrument panel, alongside an image from the forward- or rear-looking camera, providing the driver with multiple views of the immediate area.

Rear Seat Reminder and Surround Vision build upon GM’s tradition of introducing advanced technologies that may help to save lives.

Surround Vision provides a 360-degree bird’s eye view around the vehicle by acting like multiple sets of eyes that help drivers quickly view their vehicle’s perimeter during low-speed maneuvers such as backing up or parking.

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