In recent memory, Consumer Electronic Shows have also doubled as an arena for automakers to show off their latest and greatest technology to the public. Once reserved for techies and computer gurus, the show is now littered with automotive execs looking to woo consumers with their most connected cars to date.
Cadillac is no stranger to this, and recently took to CES Asia to demonstrate what’s next from the brand and Shanghai GM.
The biggest pull was Cadillac’s introduction of OnStar 4G LTE wireless capabilities. Cadillac will be the only initial brand within the Asian market to offer the 4G LTE powered telematics service, also capable of providing a wireless hotspot for several devices simultaneously.
Debuting alongside OnStar 4G LTE capability is the Cadillac “CarLife” application. The application will display vital service information onto the vehicle’s touchscreen, and can also detail weather and fueling station routes.
But this is CES, and it wouldn’t be a Consumer Electronic Show without some truly wild technology. And Cadillac delivered. Guests of the show were able to try out the MyCadillac application in conjunction with the Apple Watch and the OnStar app.
The OnStar application, through the Apple Watch, allowed consumers to see the true power of technology. The technology allows users to lock and unlock vehicle doors, remotely start their engine, flash their headlights and sound their horn, locate parking spots and access real-time information about vehicle systems. Those features are something James Bond could only dream about years ago, yet, here they are for the consumer.