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Cadillac Adds Safety Feature to the SRX's Braking System

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author photo by J. Mark Sternberg August 2011

Safety is something every manufacturer takes seriously, and automakers constantly develop new technology to help make driving safer for everyone.

Cadillac is implementing a new system that it says could help make driving in the rain safer for drivers of its new SRX crossover SUV.

According to the US Department of Transportation, in 2009, around 62,000 accidents occurred in the rain.

Cadillac's new feature, called Auto Brake dry, will be tied in with the SRX's normal StabiliTrak traction control system.

StabiliTrak has been around since the late 1990s and has gone through various upgrades and changes over the years, but this is the first time the company has specifically targeted wet brakes.

The Auto Dry Brake system works by gently applying the car's brakes while driving in the wet. By doing this, the car automatically removes water from the braking system and allows the car to stop more reliably.

The SRX's windshield wiper system turns the Auto Brake Dry feature on. After driving over four miles, the Cadillac will automatically pulse the brakes and clear any water off of the brake rotors. Drier brakes mean there is a better response from the brake pedal, and better stopping power.

Cadillac says the brakes are lightly pulsed when clearing the water and the process is so gentle that the driver won't even be aware that the system is working.

"The important thing is to assure the brakes are as dry as possible before the driver applies the brake pedal," said Randy Leek, one of GM's brake engineers. "We designed this feature to ensure that the brakes provide optimal braking performance while driving in inclement weather."

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