GM’s Safety Alert Seat.
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Individual safety features like Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning have had one key flaw: They beep stridently, and put you in panic mode. In the heat of the moment, you don’t always know where to look. But GM’s Safety Alert Seat that’s used in several Cadillac models (XLR, ATS, and SRX), as well as in the new 2014 GMC Sierra pickups, adds useful information to these warnings—in the form of tactile warnings, buzzing and nudging you from the lower seat cushions, in the direction of the hazard. It’s a subtle difference, but it could be a lifesaver—not just another beep that you train yourself to filter out.