SiriusXM Gets Serious About Vehicle Safety

“A system is only as good as a driver’s willingness to use it,” says SiriusXM’s Peter Polit.

Steve Finlay, Contributing Editor

January 21, 2020

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Polit sees SiriusXM’s pilot platform as alerting drivers to such hazards as icy road conditions, an accident or a toxic spill on the pavement ahead.SiriusXM

SiriusXM satellite radio provides a range of programming – from oldies to news – to subscribing car owners.

But now SiriusXM wants to get serious about offering something else: Driver safety assistance through a connected-vehicle initiative.

Spearheading that program is Peter Polit, vice president and general manager of SiriusXM’s connected vehicle business development and partnerships. Part of his job is to convince people of the role his company can play in advanced driver assistance.

“Connectivity will be a change agent,” he says at a recent J.D. Power industry conference called Automotive Revolution. “But a system is only as good as a driver’s willingness to use it. Adoption is critical.”

He sees SiriusXM’s pilot platform as alerting drivers to such hazards as icy road conditions, an accident or a toxic spill on the pavement yonder. “You’d like to know if there is a chemical spill ahead,” Polit says.

The system would also alert wayward drivers that they are traveling the wrong way on a one-way street, he says.

Such warnings could appear on a vehicle’s infotainment system screen or on a portion of the rearview mirror.

“We can warn each other if all vehicles had this,” Polit says.

New SiriusXM technology also lets auto dealers maintain a connection with their customers post-vehicle purchase and encourages them to return to the dealership for service needs.

About the Author(s)

Steve Finlay

Contributing Editor, WardsAuto

Steven Finlay is a former longtime editor for WardsAuto. He writes about a range of topics including automotive dealers and issues that impact their business.

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