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The Cadillac CT6 is loaded with impressive technology, but one of the best features is its 360-degree video recording system.
The CT6 is decked out with a lot of cameras – seven exterior cameras to be exact – that support different safety and convenience functions, like lane keeping assist and night vision.
But CT6 owners can also use four of those cameras as a built-in surveillance system.
For example, when the car is armed, cameras located in the front grille, trunk lid, and on both of the side mirrors will automatically begin filming if someone tampers with the car. This gives the owner a 360-degree view of everything happening around the car and provides solid evidence if someone causes damage or tries to break into the vehicle.
- Hollis Johnson
The footage is stored on a standard SD card that is located in the trunk of the vehicle, so owners can remove the card to upload footage to their personal computer whenever they want.
The cameras in the front and back can also be activated while you’re driving so that you can record your trip, which is a pretty nifty feature if you are a fan of dashcams.
Lyndon Lie, General Motors’ chief engineer for premium luxury cars, tells Business Insider that he expects the recording feature to be especially useful for drivers involved in a traffic accidents because it helps determine who is at fault.
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Building cameras into cars is not a new idea. Lots of automakers include multiple cameras on newer vehicles, since they enable safety features and help give drivers a better view while reversing or parallel parking.
The Mercedes-Benz S Class and BMW 7 Series, which are both in direct competition with the CT6, are equipped with multiple video cameras. But neither of these vehicles offer the driver the ability to record footage all around the car. Cadillac’s surround-view recording function is an industry first.
However, considering how clever the new feature is, we’re betting it won’t be long before competitors start rolling out a similar feature in future vehicles.