Is Cadillac considering a self-driving motorhome?
The different car brands featured there took different approaches to CES 2022 earlier this month. We’ve seen colossal revelations about electric vehicles from Mercedes and Chevrolet. BMW, meanwhile, brought new color and infotainment technologies. Cadillac, however, has taken a leap forward into the autonomous future with a trio of vehicles from their “Halo Concept Portfolio.”
Cadillac launched the InnerSpace, a comfortable autonomous luxury coupe for two people. The brand also showed off the PersonalSpace, a vertical take-off and landing self-driving single-seat vehicle and the SocialSpace, a six-seat boxy self-driving van, both originally showcased at last year’s all-virtual CES. But most intriguing to us is a concept that Cadillac has teased, but has yet to reveal: the OpenSpace.
Cadillac didn’t provide much information about OpenSpace, other than noting that it would provide a new chapter to the Halo concept portfolio. But the two teaser images depict what appears to be a parked luxury vehicle with a bed, a bar, and a staircase with panoramic views of the great outdoors. So it’s hard to imagine that OpenSpace – when it’s finally revealed – will be anything more than a form of self-driving Cadillac motorhome or motorhome.
We are a long way from seeing any of these Cadillac Halo vehicles becoming a reality. Autonomous driving does not yet exist and is not regulated. Electric vehicle technology and infrastructure is not yet ready to handle the massive creation and proliferation of these vehicles. (Plus, Cadillac still builds the V8-powered Escalade and combustion-powered sport sedans.) But Cadillac thinking about motorhomes and RVs is interesting to say the least.
RVs are a huge trend and growing market – and not yet one that OEMs have seriously embraced in America. In theory, autonomy would work well with motorhomes. And there’s a lot a manufacturer could do with existing technology. Progressive iterations of GM’s Super Cruise or Ultra Cruise (which will debut, you guessed it, on a Cadillac) could ease the monotony of highway driving. And laying out trails in a national park for self-driving would be a relatively small lift undertaking.
We’re not holding our breath that a Camper Vaniq luxury Cadillac version of a Brightdrop van is coming anytime soon. But that wouldn’t be the worst idea for Cadillac to consider.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and uploaded to this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content on piano.io