Cadillac's new bumpers avoid contact and raise an interesting question

With new bumpers that sense low speed contact will drivers start to rely on the car to stop itself?

One of the most frustrating things a driver can do with a new car is hit something. That may seem obvious and ridiculous but what we said is true. On our staff many are professional, or highly trained drivers. That doesn’t mean we are immune to the simple laws of physics. Even we sometimes bump things.

Imagine yourself in a new Cadillac SRX on the way to dinner. This is a car you worked hard to have. It looks perfect. The bumpers are smooth, shiny, unblemished, like the rest of your one day old, $50,000 vehicle. Imagine next that you go into the city to dinner and your best parking option is in an underground parking garage. Here in New England those garages are always about 25% too small in every single dimension. You look for a good spot and find one. Thinking ahead, you opt to back the SRX in. As you back up you realize that you really don’t know exactly where the back bumper is despite the cameras, beeps and your eyeballs looking in the rear-view mirror. Of course if you don’t get all the way back, a numbskull with a few too many glasses of vino is likely to drag their car across the front of yours, so you want to be as far back as you can be. In the Cadillac you could simply take your foot off the brake and just let the car stop you.

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