Besides more screens and electric cars, GM and Cadillac made sure to pay tribute to the other darlings of the tech industry: autonomous cars and drones. Both concepts take familiar ideas but add a touch of Cadillac flavor. And don’t expect either of them to show up in reality anytime soon.
The most fanciful of the two is the Cadillac VTOL concept, which stands for vertical takeoff and landing. It’s a fully autonomous drone meant for shuttling people, likely wealthy executives, from rooftop to rooftop in busy cities. It’s a single-occupant aircraft with a 90-kWh battery pack and is fully autonomous. It has four sets of two rotors that propel the drone to a top speed of 56 mph. The exterior is unique in having the front and rear sets of rotors at different heights, whereas most seem to have the cabin hanging from the rotors. You can spot some Cadillac cues in the beveled, angled edges.
The other concept is the Personal Autonomous Vehicle or PAV. It’s a fairly generic-looking autonomous pod with a pastiche of Cadillac design cues such as slim lights and angular trimmings. Cadillac says it’s meant to be a social space, hence the wraparound bench seats in the cabin. Cadillac doesn’t seem to have forgotten personal comfort, though, as you can spot a single-person recliner. Comfort is key, and Cadillac says the PAV would have biometric sensors to read the passengers and adjust the climate control, humidity, lighting and scents to make the the environment as pleasant as possible. Passengers will have control of vehicle functions via voice and gestures.
At the end of theses vehicles’ reveals, Cadillac teased more far-flung concepts coming soon. One of them will be a two-seat vehicle and mentioned that it would be for “you and someone very special” for more “intimate” trips.