No matter what you think of Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, the fact remains that the Linux-based software utilizes a 3-core ARM 11 processor to handle all of its different functions. Two of those three cores are utilized by the system for voice recognition, which is designed to operate the system and vehicle functions (instead of the touch screen or capacitative-touch controls). But some of the hardware on which CUE runs isn’t in use by the current implementation of the software, GM Authority has learned. The calculated decision by engineers to leave “room for growth” allows CUE a certain level of future-proofing.
What’s more, the hardware that isn’t being put to use today is said to be reserved for an upcoming CUE update that will bring applications to the infotainment system. Whether the app functionality will be part of the upcoming CUE update isn’t known at this point.
However, GM announced in January of this year an SDK (Software Development Kit) that will furnish programmers with the ability to create apps for the infotainment systems of GM vehicles. The automaker hasn’t provided a timeframe for the app functionality to be delivered to vehicles, but we expect the app store to be called the “GM App Catalog”.
The GM Authority Take
We don’t mean to rush The General, but we’re really looking forward to spending some time with some in-vehicle applications — which we expect to be “app bridges” rather than full-fledged apps. App Bridges (our term) would allow the user to control existing applications on their smartphones with the built-in controls on their vehicles, such as voice commands and/or buttons on the steering wheel or touchscreen.